29th Sunday in Ordinary Time—Year A

 

    Both of our readings focus on the uniqueness of God: there is only one God!

   The reading from Isaiah, apart from stating this reality again and again, makes its point through the pagan Cyrus. Though he is pagan, he too was named by God. There are no pagan Gods; there is only one God who acts in and through all!

The Gospel makes the distinction between Caesar, thought to be a god, and God, the only true God. The question behind, “should we pay taxes to Caesar?” is really, “should we honor him?” Jesus chooses to distinction between the state and God. The state has its rightful place (of which taxes are a part) but there is only one God—and it’s not Caesar!              (Treehaus publications)