In Thanksgiving for a Successful Retreat
Last weekend it was my pleasure to accompany our student peer ministry team to Folly Beach, SC, for a leadership retreat. We focused on getting to know ourselves, getting to know our team, getting to know our mission, and the importance of getting to know God. It really underscored the importance to me of all that the peer ministers do to make our ministry at WCU happen. Whether it's helping to plan events, facilitating small groups, assisting with liturgies or just bringing a smile to someone who needs it, your faithful witness makes the love of Christ more present on our campus. Thank you. (We have several peer ministers graduating this year, so if you are interested in serving as a peer minister next year, please let me know!)
Render Unto Caesar
The Pharisees just love trying to trip up Jesus. This week they think they have him in a trap by asking him if it's lawful to pay taxes to Caesar. If he says yes, they can accuse him of colluding with foreign occupiers. If he says no, they can accuse him of inciting rebellion. Jesus not only outsmarts them, but he shows true wisdom by saying we should "Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God" (Mt 22:21). In this week's video reflection, I talk about how it is right and just to give those in authority over us due respect, and how Jesus' instruction in this gospel helps us keep what we owe to those in human authority in proper perspective.