Matthew 22        THIS SUNDAY


The Twenty-Nineth Sunday in Ordinary Time ['Proper 24']

10.00 a.m. PARISH MASS

Beginning with Prayer & Preparation for worship at 9.50 a.m.

With Lighthouse Groups for children and young people

Bible Readings

Isaiah 45: 1 - 7
1 Thessalonians 1: 1 - 10
Matthew 22: 15 - 22

This Sunday we hear in the Gospel how the Jewish leaders seek to entrap Jesus with a question about allegiance to the emperor and to God.
But Jesus counters with a carefully worded answer: give to each what they are due.
The leaders are amazed at his teaching and leave him alone - for now!

In all three readings this morning, there is a focus on the key players.  Each asks us to look at who these people are.  In Isaiah, the chief character is not obvious, insofar that as he is a Gentile king he is not evidently part of Israel as 'the people of God'.  In Matthew, we meet both Pharisees and Herodians.  The former represent the religious establishment.  The latter are more problematic, but could be understood to represent the Romanising establishment.  Both groups would have had an interest in the payment of taxes, but for very different reasons, and with different outcomes.  Into this steps Jesus. The readings pose a question: who is the one whose authority is real - Cyrus, the Pharisees, the Herodians, or Jesus?  And is everything and everyone who they appear to be?

Celebrant:   Canon Mel Smith
Preacher:   Fr. Nnamdi Maduka
Leading Preparation:   Ray Johnson
Scripture Readers:   Make Ferguson & Randolph Reid
Leading Intercessions:   Pat Hannington
Eucharistic Ministers:   Audrey Fleischer-Djoleto & Lucy-Karen Wilkinson
Lighthouse Leaders:   Jessica Osejindu, Sandy Reed & Maureen McCann