Give Thanks To God Always

In today’s Gospel, Jesus summarizes in one sentence the true meaning of Stewardship: “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and give to God what belongs to God.” (Mtt.22:21) Jesus did not specify the things that belonged to Caesar since Caesar did not possess anything independently of God. Neither did Jesus specify what belonged to God since God possesses everything. Can we claim anything as our own independently of God? Truly speaking, we can’t. Who we are and what we have, all these are gifts from God to be shared. Here Jesus underscores the supremacy and priority of God as the source and origin of everything.

So many of our parishioners have been living their call to Stewardship through their commitment to various ministries in our parish, through the generous sharing of their time, talents and treasure. I take this opportunity to thank all of you who have generously increased your love offering to God through the recent “Increased Offertory Program.” I also earnestly appeal to those who have not yet made a commitment, to make a sacrificial offering and be sharers of God’s Blessings as true Stewards.

I would like to wish you the same greeting that St. Paul used in today’s 2nd Reading: “We give thanks to God always for you, remembering you in our prayers, calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love!” (1 Thess. 1:2-3)

Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS

Pastor, SJN