Click here to download and listen to this homily (19 minutes) given by Fr Thomas Weise in St Catherine of Siena parish in Petersburg, Alaska. Today we are challenged by Isaiah showing how God can use even the pagan King Cyrus. Calling him the Lord's anointed. Jesus, the Lord's anointed, helps us navigate between local politics and religion. "Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God." The challenge is to recognize that everything, all of us: heart, mind, body, soul; all of us belongs to God.
Readings: Isaiah 45:1, 4-6; Psalm 96; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5a; Matthew 22:15-21