The Universal Church celebrates Sunday, October 19, 2014, as the twenty ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year A. In the Entrance Antiphon we pray: “I call upon you, God, for you will answer me; bend your ear and hear my prayer. Guard me as the pupil of your eye; hide me in the shade of your wings. Amen.” This day’s liturgy tells us that God ways are not our ways as even goes as far as to use a pagan king, Cyrus, in the first reading, as an instrument of the liberation of his people. In the second reading, Saint Paul is thankful to God for the Christian community of Thessalonica, which is succeeding despite the difficulties of persecution that it is subjected to. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus baffles the Scribes and Pharisees, who have been trying to trap him, by telling them that if they take advantage of Caesar’s money, they must pay a price for it, but that ultimate glory must be given to God alone, who is their Lord and Creator. In the course of this Eucharist, let us pray for the grace to shun the material things of this world and keep our gaze fixed on Christ, the risen Lord, who alone has the key to the kingdom of heaven.