In today’s Gospel Jesus was asked to test him , " Is it lawful to pay the census Tax to Caesar? ( Mathew 22:17). For a faithful Jew whose promised land was occupied by gentile Rome, this was really several questions in one. Since God prohibits graven images, was it lawful to traffic in coins that bore the images, was it lawful to traffic in coins that bore the image of an emperor who claimed divine status, to acknowledge the emperor’s authority, to fund the emperor’s projects/.If agreed with the tax, he would scandalize the devout by failing to champion God’s sovereignty. If Jesus opposed the tax, he would be considered an anti-Roman revolutionary. Jesus response is sometimes interpreted as having it both ways. But that’s precisely what Jesus is not doing. Jesus refuses to slit life into two discrete compartments, independent of each other. God getting one part of me, "the real world" where I live and work getting the other. For someone who belongs wholly to God, no part of life is strictly "Sacred" or "secular". Everything, Everyone is God’s, who calls even the Pagan King Cyrus "my anointed".
Our Marian Festival is our Marian celebration of the year, in honor of Our Lady and her intercession for our parish as we celebrate 85th Anniversary of the Parish.
If you know someone who came to Maui to work in Sugar or Pineapple Plantation and are still alive, we would like to recognize them during our 85th Anniversary of the Church. They must be a Christ the King Parishioner. Please call the parish office or call the office at 877-6098 or you may contact Lucy Peros at 269-1602 and leave their name and phone number.
Facts on attack on the human life: a) Abortion: The number of unborn children slaughtered in the wombs of their mothers in the last 25 years is 1200 million in the world and 37 million in the U.S.A. (4400 per day in the U.S.). Almost half of the women in the US over the age of 40 have undergone an abortion, with or without the consent of the baby’s father. b) Euthanasia: Hundreds of old or terminally ill people are killed in advanced countries, under the names “mercy-killing” or euthanasia. c) Suicides and Physician-Assisted Suicides: Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death for all U.S. men. It took the lives of 30,622 people in U.S.A. in 2001. It is the third leading cause of death for 15-19 year old youngsters (19 adolescents each day) and only 5% of suicides are attributed to mental illness. d) Homicides e) Embryo-destruction for scientific experiments.
Indeed, all parishes within the Diocese of Honolulu are restoring the Original Order of the Sacraments of Initiation between 2018-2020.
In the early Church, the person was immersed into the waters of Baptism, anointed with chrism, and shared in the Eucharistic meal as part of a single event. Over time, and for many reasons, the celebration of these three sacraments became separated from one another. In the renewal stemming from the Second Vatican Council, the Church was asked to more clearly set forth the intimate connection of Confirmation with the whole of Christian initiation. This original order also helps us recognize that sharing in the Eucharist completes our initiation into the Church and that it is Eucharist which is the “source and summit of our faith.”
Go to www.catholichawaii.org for more information on this