of The Bishop of London granted him by the Crown in 1634
St Alban’s (Grand Cayman) & St Mary’s (Cayman Brac)
Church & Office - 461 Shedden Road
P O Box 719, Grand Cayman KY1-1103, CAYMAN ISLANDS
Tel (345) 949 2757
22 October 2017
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Isaiah 45:1-7 1 Thessalonians 1: 1-10 S. Matthew 22: 15-22
Today: 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Church School; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm Evening Prayer
This Week: Tues-Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Sat (Ss Simon & Jude) 10 am Prison Ministry; 12.30 am Holy Communion.
Next Sunday: 8.35 am Matins; 9.00 am Ch Sch; 9.30 am Holy Eucharist; 6.00 pm EP
Collect for Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity
O GOD, forasmuch as without thee we are not able to please thee; Mercifully grant, that thy Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
F AITH IN FOCUS : LITTLE CAESARS
When the Pharisees and Herodians tried to trick Jesus ("Is it permissible to pay taxes to Caesar or not?") his reply was simple. Whatever you are called on to do, your loyalty must be to God alone.
We are still faced today with lots of little Caesars, with people and institutions that claim to know what's best for us and which demand our obedience and loyalty. It may be the State that enacts laws which no Christian conscience can accept. What do we then do? Support the government because it's unpatriotic not to? What if we were involved in a political but unjust war? Caesar or God?
And what about the little Caesars who are experts in their field? What if they decide to play with human life, to clone or to tinker with DNA in order to eradicate what they think is undesirable, to hasten the death of the terminally ill? Caesar or God?
What about the religious and political Caesars who are so anxious to have their say in the appointment of bishops lest they relativise Caesar's position?
On a different level, our Caesars can often be at work. Are we involved in a business that does not break the law but certainly does not offer true value to the customer or client? Would speaking out mean that we would lose our job? Caesar or God?
Even our friends. We can find ourselves caught up in company where the atmosphere and conversation usually takes a decided turn for the worse after a few drinks. But they would think we were priggish or a prude if we made any comment.
The list is endless. Caesar versus God is about making our own views known without imposing them on other people, without taking away their conscience from them. Christians are at their worst when they are pointing fingers. But what is required is a clarity in the way we proclaim our faith and values, without accusing others of being less than us.
Not everything that is legal is moral. It was St Thomas More who fittingly lived out today's gospel when, as he went to his death, he said, "I die the king's good servant, but God's first."
WORD OF GOD
Though you do not know me, I equip you
that people may know
from the rising of the sun to its setting
that, apart from me, all is nothing. (Isaiah 45:5-6)
WORD FOR TODAY
Caesar or God? The answer seems simple, but our daily task is to remain faithful to the values which Christ taught and to be bold in standing up in a world that often runs counter to our Christian faith.
CHRIST WAS INDEED SUBVERSIVE, radical and counter cultural. But he was not rebellious. The law was authoritative for Christ, and he came not to wipe away a letter of it, but he taught that the letter of the law and its spirit can be quite different: that was indeed subversive, radical and counter-cultural and remains a challenge to us today. We are challenged by this reading to reject the letter of the law and to go with the Spirit.
THIS WEEK'S READINGS
Mon: 2 Chron 26: 1-21, John 13: 1-11, Philippians 1: 1-11
Tues: 2 Chron 28, John 13: 12-20, Philippians 1: 12-end
Wed: 2 Chronicles 29: 1-19, John 13: 21-30, Phil 2: 1-13
Thurs: 2 Chron 29: 20-end, John 13: 31-end, Phil 2: 14-end
Fri: 2 Chronicles 30, John 14: 1-14, Phil 3:1 - 4:1
Sat(SS. SIMON & JUDE): Isaiah 28: 14-16, Ephesians 2: 19-end, S. John 15: 17-end
NEXT SUNDAY: Leviticus 19: 1-2, 15-18, 1 Thessalonians 2: 1-8, S. Matthew 22: 34-end