COMPARTMENTALIZING YOUR LIFE (Matthew 22:15-21): 19 October 2008 (Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

COMPARTMENTALIZING YOUR LIFE (Matthew 22:15-21):  19 October 2008 (Twenty-Ninth  Sunday in Ordinary Time)


Today’s Readings

In today’s Gospel reading, our Lord utters his famous line:  “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and repay to God what belongs to God.”  At first glance, he seems to be proposing a division between our usual lives and our so-called spiritual lives.  Sort of like Sunday Christianity, when people act like Christians only when they go to Sunday services.  As for the rest of the week, they act “normally”–that is, not in any particularly religious or even moral way.