Citizens of two worlds

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We are citizens of two worlds: Caesar’s and God’s, the world and the Spirit.

“Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God” (Mt 22: 21). Caesar demands taxes and allegiance to the government. It also includes what the rich owe to the poor, employers to employees, public officials to constituents, managers to subordinates, husbands and wives, parents and children, the powerful and weak and other forms of stewardship.

To God we owe thanksgiving, honor, trust in his Divine Mercy and worship on Sundays and holy days. Sharing the message of the gospel with honest living, merciful attitude and sincerity of heart. Loving God and loyalty to our faith, serving God in the poor and needy.

Be kind to people for you’ll never know how much that person beside you is suffering. Give respect to people whether they deserve it or not, not as a reflection of their character but a reflection of your personality.

Caesar says, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take it easy, eat, drink and be merry!”

God says, “You fool, this very night your life will life will be required of you. Then who will own what you have accumulated?” (Lk 12:20).

Caesar says, “Control population through abortion and contraception.”

God says, “Preserve life from conception to natural death.”

Caesar says, “A sword for a sword, a tooth for a tooth.”

God says, “If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well” (Mt 5:38).

Caesar says, “Hate your enemy.”

God says, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mk 12:31).

Caesar says, “Take revenge if offended.”

God says, “Overcome evil with good” (Rom 12:21).

Caesar says to husband and wife, “Seek divorce and look for compatible partner”

God says, “Love one another,” not “love another one.”

Caesar says, “More money, more happy.”

God says, “Money cannot buy happiness.”

On the flip side, someone said that there will always be people who will treat you badly and criticize you despite your good works and kindness. Be strong and stay calm, God is on your side.

You don’t have to prove that you are good; your goodness proves it for you. Be kind to people for you’ll never know how much that person beside you is suffering. Give respect to people whether they deserve it or not, not as a reflection of their character but a reflection of your personality.

I heard someone say that pride is concerned with who is right, and humility is concerned with what is right. Remember that prayer changes things, and if you plan to patch up things with someone, talk to God first and you’ll be surprised with the good result. How nice it is to realize that only those who care about us, can hear us when we are quiet.

On the other hand, someone opined that the most dangerous creature is a fake friend. Some people can stay in your heart, but they don’t have to stay in your life; that’s ok. Forgiveness is the best form of love. It takes a strong person to say he’s sorry and an even stronger person to forgive. Amen on that folks!

St. Faustina wrote Jesus’ words, “Fear nothing; all difficulties will serve for the fulfillment of My will” (Diary 634). Pray the holy rosary every day for unity in our church. Pray the Divine Mercy prayer every 3 p.m. Daily recite the Chaplet of Mercy for peace in the world and conversion of sinners.