18 Oct 2020

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A Click here for all content for this cycle Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A


Isaiah 45:1, 4-6  The God of Israel supports a foreign king to serve the divine purpose.

Psalm 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10  All the Earth will worship the Lord who rules the nations with equity.

1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b  The gospel comes not just in words but also in demonstrations of power and conviction.

Matthew 22:15-21  Caesar is not pitted against God, nor is he to be confused with our obligations to God.

The inner word image

The inner word

What’s in your heart?

Isaiah tells of how God can make even a foreign king “his anointed,” the messiah, and work through him. Where have you seen God work in expected ways and through unexpected people?

Read More
Exploring the word image

Exploring the word

God and government

One of the most relevant issues of the 21st century is also curiously an ancient one: What is the proper relationship between church and state? At least most nations of the world don’t have to face the old problem of kings who ruled by divine right, much less emperors and pharaohs who identified themselves as the divinity personified.

Read More
In other words image

In other words

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

That’s when the Pharisees plotted a way to trap him into saying something damaging. They sent their disciples, with a few of Herod’s followers mixed in, to ask, “Teacher, we know you have integrity, teach the way of God accurately, are indifferent to popular opinion, and don’t pander to your students. So tell us honestly: Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

Read More
Homily stories image

Homily stories

Trick questions

I heard a little girl in the grocery store pleading with her mother. “Please, please, please buy me the pink cookies!” she wailed. And then she decided to set the trap. “Will you buy me the pink cookies, or do you hate me?” she asked.

Read More
Homily stories image

Homily stories

One, one thousand, two . . .

Clock-watching is a miserable pastime, yet sadly people all over the world are in jobs where they often do just that. It really has nothing to do with the job.

Read More
Prayers image


Penitential Act & Prayer of the Faithful

In the gospel today Jesus challenges his hearers to choose to follow God above all else. Let us pray that we may make that choice.

Read More
Quotes image


When the church goes to a people who has not yet received the faith, it goes to meet a grace from God. For grace is at work in every human group and, within each human group, in every individual; it produces there first effects that can come to fruition only through the church and in it.

Read More

© 2020 by TrueQuest Communications, LLC.; 312-356-9900; You may reprint any material from Prepare the Word in your bulletin or other parish communications you distribute free of charge with the following credit: Reprinted with permission from Prepare the Word ( ©2020 ),