Feast and Faith: What Do We Owe, Ages 11-18 (10/22/17)
For this week’s dinner discussion, we are talking about what we might ‘owe’ to other people and God. Below is a prayer with which to start your meal and then discussion questions to explore this topic with your family while you eat.
Prayer - O merciful Creator, your hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living creature: Make us always thankful for your loving providence; and grant that we, remembering the account that we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your good gifts, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
(BCP page 259)
Discussion – In Matthew 22:15-22 we witness as some Pharisees try to trick Jesus. They ask him what Jesus thinks about who they should pay their taxes to. Jesus has to be very careful in answering them.
- The Pharisees first flatter Jesus. What four things do they say about him?
- What motivates the Pharisees?
- What answer might they want from Jesus?
How do you think they feel about his answer?
- When in our lives do we have to deal with divided loyalties, when what we feel we own to one person (or God) conflicts with what we feel we own to someone else? (Ex. Like trying to be loyal to two disagreeing friends.)
Final nugget – The Pharisees tried to trick Jesus with a trick question. While trick questions can be really hard, and sometimes it feels like there is no right answer. But we need to remember that Jesus is always the answer. Here, Jesus answers simply and plainly. What is Caesar’s is Caesar’s and what is God’s is God’s.