10/18 The 20th Sunday after Pentecost: What is Lawful ?: Caesar, Freedom and Responsibility

The Gospel reading for today is Matthew 22.15-22

Along with two readings and a prayer 

Isa. 58.6 – 7; 9b – 10

Is this not, rather, the fast that I choose: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; Setting free the oppressed, breaking off every yoke?  Is it not sharing your bread with the hungry, bringing the afflicted and the homeless into your house; Clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own flesh?  If you remove the yoke from among you, the accusing finger, and malicious speech; If you lavish your food on the hungry and satisfy the afflicted; Then your light shall rise in the darkness, and your gloom shall become like midday.

Ignatius of Antioch’s epistle to the Ephesians

Pray unceasingly also for the rest of men.  There is still hope that they may be converted and find their way to God.  By the testimony of your clean lives, offer them an opportunity of becoming your fellow disciples.  Meet their angry outbursts with your gentleness, their boasts with your humility, their contempt with your prayers, their errors with your constancy in the faith, their cruelty with your serenity.  Above all, do not try to match their example.

Collect of the Day

Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.