29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday, October 18, 2020
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Pharisees send their disciples to test Jesus with a question about taxes.
In today’s Gospel Jesus and the religious leaders in Jerusalem continue their tense exchange of questions and challenges. At this point the disciples of the Pharisees, together with the Herodians, try to entrap Jesus by their question about the payment of taxes. Matthew sets up an unusual partnership between the Pharisees and the Herodians. The Herodians were supporters of Herod Antipas, a Jewish political leader who collaborated with the Romans. Such collaboration would have required a compromised observance of the Mosaic Law. The Pharisees, on the other hand, taught scrupulous observance of the Mosaic Law and opposed Roman occupation. Herodians favored the payment of taxes; the Pharisees opposed it. The Herodians and the Pharisees approach Jesus, asking that he take sides in their dispute. If Jesus answers with the Pharisees, he shows himself to be an enemy of Rome. If he answers with the Herodians, he offends popular Jewish religious sensibilities.
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St. Henry Catholic School
Events this Week
Monday: CCD for students in first through eighth grade begins at 6:45 PM. For registration information, please contact Laura Ryan, 859-727-2035, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday: VIRTUAL That Man Is You, 6:30 AM, contact Deacon Mike Lyman for details, email@example.com.
Wednesday: Rosary in Church for the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff throughout this school year and for an end to the pandemic, 7:30 AM. Live-streamed on our parish Facebook page.
Our parish and school Confirmation candidates were anointed and received the fullness of the Holy Spirit by Bishop Foys at the Cathedral on October 8. These young people were prepared for Confirmation in April and had their celebration postponed. Confirmation is the final Sacrament of Initiation into the Catholic Church. Come, Holy Spirit! Send down your fire and renew the face of the earth! May faith burn brightly in the hearts of these patient confirmandi!
Samuel Baker Jasmine Landrum
Know Where to Vote!
As a reminder, St. Henry/Benedictine Hall is no longer a voting poll for Elsmere residents. All in-person voting for Elsmere residents on November 3 will take place at the Elsmere Senior Center lower level, 179 Dell Avenue. For information on your polling location, visit govoteky.com > Polling Locations.
Political Engagement is Part of our Catholic Call
In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops urge Catholics to form their consciences through being open to truth, studying Scripture and Church teaching, examining facts and background information, and prayerful reflection (no. 18). Visit FaithfulCitizenship.org to learn about the steps you can take to form your conscience, watch videos, and access other great resources on conscience formation for faithful citizens.
Join the Family Bible Challenge that starts on October 18! Developed by the Leadership Institute of the Diocese of Bridgeport, the Family Bible Challenge will focus on the beauty of God's many creations. Drawing on passages from Genesis, Psalms, Daniel, Matthew, and St. Paul's letter to the Romans, families will be challenged to reflect upon how we care for creation in its many forms. Past challenges are available too!
How does it work? On Sunday, families will receive an email with a chosen passage and reflection questions to consider together. On Wednesday, families receive an email with a quiz that asks questions about the week's passage, as well as general Catholic knowledge. There is no contest, no rules, no cost!
Today, more than ever, Scripture is the one place we can find hope. Click to sign up today!
The annual Athletic Boosters Golf Outing is next weekend. To register a foursome or to sponsor, please contact Jeremy Armbruster, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 859-623-9282.