“I am the Lord and there is no other, there is no God besides me”. These words of the prophet Isaiah are worthy of great reflection from each of us. At the end of today’s Gospel our Lord responds to those intending to trap and discredit Him with the familiar words: “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” It seems to me that Jesus’s message is tied to the simple truth that God has dominion over all… all is His… all time, all people, all creation, all is His! “I am the Lord and there is no other, there is no God besides me.” Perhaps this is the perfect framework for seeing all the challenges we each face. Moreover, we continue along this Year of the Eucharist with a focus on God’s unimaginable love and mercy that He becomes present to us in the most real way possible… the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ each time we gather for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
As I look around at the challenges we face—pandemic, elections, economic, familial, secularism, lack of faith life, extremist activities, etc.—I cannot help but try to draw close to His way, His truth, His life. It almost seems like the challenges of the world are proof of the resulting disorder, chaos and destruction of people who create their own gods…. no matter Caesar or wealth or power, or prestige, or whatever.
We are blessed beyond understanding with the presence of the Lord, our God… there is no other. He is with us. He gives Himself to us, He makes us part of His life. Be grateful for His Mercy and Grace showered over us! Here we are a people of hope in the face of those trying to discredit or ignore our Lord and God Jesus Christ.
So, let us truly embrace the Lord, our God in His own words: “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”