HOMILY, TUESDAY, FIRST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
2 Peter 3:12-15a.17-18. Mark 12:13-17
- If our respect is only for religious authority and we have disdain for political authority, then there is a lack in us.
- Before the church can make impact in the society, she must be part of the development of the nations.
- Those who make contributions only in the church, and refuse to contribute to the growth of their nation or local community are half-baked Christians.
- A good Christian must be a good citizen.
- Political authority is divine.
The title of Caesar refers to any sitting emperor of the Roman Empire. And his picture on a coin depicts his political power over the territory where the coin is used.
“Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are to God’s”
This does not mean that we should give attention to both God and Satan. Satan is not God’s equal.
There is no true worship without sacrifice. A good Christian must be relevant in the church.
- He must give God his time
- He must God his treasure
- He must give God his talent.
When we lack generosity or when we have accepted poverty as a norm, we often tend to preach the gospel which says that salvation is free and forget that the church cannot thrive without our humble contributions and offerings.
Without our contributions, we should not expect the provision of social amenities and infrastructures. A good Christian must not be found wanting in the society.
- He must pay his tax
- He must pay his bills.
- He must pay his house rent.
- He must contribute to social welfare.
- He must partake in politics.
Lord, help me to be responsible in your kingdom. May I play my roles diligently in the society? Grant me your divine values that I may partake in the political affairs without losing your life in me. Thy kingdom come. Amen.