We are precious in God's eyes
by Sister Rose Jochmann
As I look at this Sunday’s readings I see a theme. Each of us is loved, chosen and called by God.
The First Reading from Isaiah is addressed to each of us: “I have called you by your name, giving you a title, though you knew me not” (Is. 45:4). God has called you and me by name. We may feel insignificant out of billions of people but we are not. Each of us is one of a kind and God has a particular call for each of us.
In the Second Reading, we hear, “We know, too, brothers and sisters, beloved of God, how you were chosen. For your Gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with much conviction” (1 Thes. 1:4-5b). Each of us is beloved, loved by God. Each individual is chosen by God. What is that mission given to each in the power of the Holy Spirit? What does that mean during this time of the pandemic? How can each one of us reach out to others at this time?
In today’s Gospel when Jesus is asked about paying the census tax, he says to the Pharisees and Herodians, “Whose image is this and whose inscription?” (Matt. 22:20). Jesus asks whose image is on the coin. Whose image do you or I carry? Remember from our early religious education we memorized that we are “made in the image and likeness of God.” Each of us carries God’s image. We are to give to God what belongs to God – that means giving ourselves to God.
Take a moment this week to reflect on today’s readings. First, reflect on the fact that we have been called by name. We are loved and chosen by God. Next, what is our mission today? What is one thing, even small, that we can do? Here are some ideas:
- Be cheerful, joyful – lift up the spirits of anyone we talk to or with whom we come in contact.
- Notice the beauty of fall. Share it with someone.
- Perform a small kind act for someone (a neighbor, relative), something as little as a few homemade cookies.