Partners’ Forum

Partners’ Forum

Scripture Reflection for Sunday October 19, 2014


IMG_0035In Sunday’s gospel Jesus gives us some good advise. In response to a challenging question He asks for a coin and says: “then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God” (MT 22:21). Is He suggesting that humanity and divinity are just different sides of the same coin?


At another time Jesus tells us if you love me you will follow my commandments. My question is does this advice rise to the level of a commandment? I would have to answer, no it does not. Then what are the commandments Jesus is talking about? I am convinced they are not the Ten Commandments given to Moses. In the following Sunday’s Gospel we are given two of those commandments to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself. Do you think there are the others?


Synod on the Family

Prelates: Synod document is the fruit of Vatican II spirit | National Catholic Reporter.

..”The archbishop quoted the opening of the council’s pastoral constitution on the church in the modern world, Gaudium et Spes, saying the synod wished to hear ‘the joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the women and men of this age’.”

If you haven’t already been following the Synod on the Family taking place in the Vatican this past week, you can read about it by clicking on the above link.In hopes of generating a “Passionists’ discussion” on this I offer these two questions: (please respond by clicking on “comment” below) Of course you can disregard these questions and comment as you see fit. Thanks for your participation.

1. Are you encouraged with the Synod on the family thus far? Yes or No

2. Should we as Passionists be concerned with this synod? Yes or No

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  1. Thanks Dan for your post and link to the Synod article. I find the Synod to be very interesting and feel that it’s important for us to understand that it will take years for any changes to take place. One important point to note is that this is the first time the sessions have been made public before any final documents have been produced and what we see in the media are “discussions” only.

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