Author: Lisa Graas
•10/20/2002 09:05:00 AM
Today's Readings
October 20, 2002
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I
Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 (Douay-Rheims)
(Isa 45:1) Thus saith the Lord to my anointed Cyrus, whose right hand I
have taken hold of, to subdue nations before his face, and to turn the backs
of kings, and to open the doors before him, and the gates shall not be shut.
(Isa 45:4) For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my elect, I have
even called thee by thy name: I have made a likeness of thee, and thou hast
not known me.
(Isa 45:5) I am the Lord, and there is none else: there is no God besides
me: I girded thee, and thou hast not known me:
(Isa 45:6) That they may know who are from the rising of the sun, and they
who are from the west, that there is none besides me. I am the Lord, and
there is none else:

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10
(Psa 96:1) A canticle for David himself, when the house was built after the
captivity. Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle: sing to the Lord, all the
(Psa 96:3) Declare his glory among the Gentiles: his wonders among all
(Psa 96:4) For the Lord is great, and exceedingly to be praised: he is to
be feared above all gods.
(Psa 96:5) For all the gods of the Gentiles are devils: but the Lord made
the heavens.
(Psa 96:8) Bring to the Lord glory unto his name. Bring up sacrifices, and
come into his courts:
(Psa 96:9) Adore ye the Lord in his holy court. Let all the earth be moved
at his presence.
(Psa 96:10) Say ye among the Gentiles, the Lord hath reigned. For he hath
corrected the world, which shall not be moved: he will judge the people with
(Psa 96:7) Bring ye to the Lord, O ye kindreds of the Gentiles, bring ye to
the Lord glory and honour:

Reading II
1 Thes 1:1-5b
(1Th 1:1) Paul and Sylvanus and Timothy to the church of the Thessalonians:
in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ.
(1Th 1:2) Grace be to you and peace. We give thanks to God always for you
all: making a remembrance of you in our prayers without ceasing,
(1Th 1:3) Being mindful of the work of your faith and labour and charity:
and of the enduring of the hope of our Lord Jesus Christ before God and our
(1Th 1:4) Knowing, brethren, beloved of God, your election:
(1Th 1:5) For our gospel hath not been unto you in word only, but in power
also: and in the Holy Ghost and in much fulness, as you know what manner of
men we have been among you for your sakes.

Mt 22:15-21
(Mat 22:15) Then the Pharisees going, consulted among themselves how to
insnare him in his speech.
(Mat 22:16) And they sent to him their disciples with the Herodians,
saying: Master, we know that thou art a true speaker and teachest the way of
God in truth. Neither carest thou for any man: for thou dost not regard the
person of men.
(Mat 22:17) Tell us therefore what dost thou think? Is it lawful to give
tribute to Caesar, or not?
(Mat 22:18) But Jesus knowing their wickedness, said: Why do you tempt me,
ye hypocrites?
(Mat 22:19) Shew me the coin of the tribute. And they offered him a penny.
(Mat 22:20) And Jesus saith to them: Whose image and inscription is this?
(Mat 22:21) They say to him: Caesar's. Then he saith to them: Render
therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and to God, the things
that are God's.

Today's Readings as referenced in the Catechism of the Catholic Church

First Reading -- References in the catechism

Responsorial Psalm -- Reference in the catechism
#2143 Among all the words of Revelation, there is one which is unique: the
revealed name of God. God confides his name to those who believe in him; he
reveals himself to them in his personal mystery. The gift of a name belongs
to the order of trust and intimacy. "The Lord's name is holy." For this
reason man must not abuse it. He must keep it in mind in silent, loving
adoration. He will not introduce it into his own speech except to bless,
praise, and glorify it.

Second Reading -- References in the catechism

Gospel -- Reference in the catechism

#2242 The citizen is obliged in conscience not to follow the directives of
civil authorities when they are contrary to the demands of the moral order,
to the fundamental rights of persons or the teachings of the Gospel.
Refusing obedience to civil authorities, when their demands are contrary to
those of an upright conscience, finds its justification in the distinction
between serving God and serving the political community. "Render therefore
to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are
God's." "We must obey God rather than men":
When citizens are under the oppression of a public authority which oversteps
its competence, they should still not refuse to give or to do what is
objectively demanded of them by the common good; but it is legitimate for
them to defend their own rights and those of their fellow citizens against
the abuse of this authority within the limits of the natural law and the Law
of the Gospel.

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