22nd Sunday After Pentecost
The theme of this sermon is the coming end of the liturgical year. We learn from both the liturgy and from the gospel: “…render to Caesar, therefore, that which is Caesar’s and to God that which is God’s.” Someone might ask: what if rendering to Caesar involves NOT rendering to God that which is God’s? A good example would be supporting a law or a candidate that allows for an intrinsic evil such as Abortion. As Catholics, imprinted through Baptism with the mark of Faith on our hearts, we may not vote for an intrinsic evil such as abortion which is always the taking of an innocent human life. In a few days we will celebrate the Feast of Christ the King and as our King, we must render to Him before all else, even our earthly leaders. Fortunately, we have, through St Margaret Mary Alacoque, devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and prayers to the Sacred Heart will bring us the guidance we need in these terrible times.