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What Belongs to God

A reflection on Matthew 22:15-21

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

I want your heart. I don’t care about your coins. I could care less what the world says of you. It is your heart that I want. I see whose image you are. You are made in the image of God. I see it on your heart, though it is tarnished and worn. Still, it is there. God’s image. My image.

You are afraid. I understand. It is hard to let go of control. The world tells you that it is through control that you will find peace: control of yourself, control of your life and your things, control of other people. I think you have tried that long enough that you know now that it is not lasting.

I tell you that true peace is that which only I can give to you. But you have to let go of the control you cling to so tightly. You have to open your hands in surrender. Because it is only when your hands are empty that you can receive my peace.

I know it is hard for you. This is a new and different way of thinking. To be empty-handed, with nothing to show, nothing to prove, seems counter to everything you have learned about life so far. But I tell you, you are already all that I want.

Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar. He can have his coins, for they mean little in the Kingdom of God. Repay to God what belongs to God. Do you see, child? You are what belongs to God. It is you that I want. Come to me, my little burdened one. Lay down the yoke of control, and take my yoke upon you. Surrender, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28-30)

by Katie

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