Oct 3, 2011

Prayer: Matthew 22: 15-22

“Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”

Caesar,

did you create the stars,
hurl them to the reaches of the universe;
did you issue rules that keep the planets in place?

Can you make blood course through our veins?
Or craft an otter or a moonflower?

Then keep your coins.
They can’t buy what we need.

God,
It is your face we see
in our world, our very selves, our breath and love.

We owe every single thing to you.

Claim it all. Claim us.
Please take us
as your
own.

— A. Osdieck. Copyright © 2011, The Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University. Visit that site for other lectionary-based prayers.