1st of June

Publié le 31 Mai 2021

Gospel text

(Mk 12,13-17): 

 

Some Pharisees and Herodians were sent to Jesus to ensnare him in his speech. They came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion. You do not regard a person’s status but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not? Should we pay or should we not pay?”

Knowing their hypocrisy he said to them, “Why are you testing me? Bring me a denarius to look at.” They brought one to him and he said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They replied to him, “Caesar’s.” So Jesus said to them, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” They were utterly amazed at him.

 

The Application

 

The Pharisees and Herodians are still active in our days, including in our own house and communities. There are few around us, would like to put us in trouble, by provoking us to do something we don’t desire to or misterpreting our words and deeds into their tune of ways. In such situation, Jesus orients us towards His father.

 

He says that our God is a just and generous. Just, because He grants us, not all that we ask of Him, but all that we need, just like his response to these people who wished to put Him in trouble. He is generous, because He gives us, more than we can imagine. His generosity can't be measured.

 

I would liket to invite you to reread this gospel, with this approach. May we be just before God, granting him everything that belongs to him. That's to say, our very being, because God has created us in His own image.  Before this God who loves us, may we be generous, by sharing all that we have received from him, with his people, his beloved ones. It's through them that we can show our generosity to God.

 

Today's gospel asks us not to limte our thinking with this belonging and giving, rather to observe, discern, and to act according to this discernment. It invites us to  recognize the gifts we have received from God, and apply them according to His purposes. Our  personal commitment to the fulfillment of those purposes will be, de facto, gorify God in our small and little deeds.

 

Action of the day : Be proud that you belong to God.

 

Daily Quote from the Early Church Fathers:

 

Put off the earthly image and put on the heavenly one,

by Origen of Alexandria (185-254 AD)

 

"Some people think that the Savior spoke on a single level when he said, 'Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar' - that is, 'pay the tax that you owe.' Who among us disagrees about paying taxes to Caesar? The passage therefore has a mystical and secret meaning. There are two images in humanity. One he received from God when he was made, in the beginning, as Scripture says in the book of Genesis, 'according to the image and likeness of God' (Genesis 1:27). The other image is of the earth (1 Corinthians 15:49). Man received this second image later. He was expelled from Paradise because of disobedience and sin after the 'prince of this world' (John 12:31) had tempted him with his enticements. Just as the coin, or denarius, has an image of the emperor of this world, so he who does the works of 'the ruler of the darkness' (Ephesians 6:12) bears the image of him whose works he does. Jesus commanded that that image should be handed over and thrown away from our face. He wills us to take on that image, according to which we were made from the beginning, according to God's likeness. It then happens that we give 'to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what is God's.' Jesus said, 'Show me a coin.' For 'coin,' Matthew wrote 'denarius' ( Matthew 22:19). When Jesus had taken it, he said, 'Whose inscription does it have?' They answered and said, 'Caesar's.' And he said to them in turn, 'Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's.'" (excerpt from HOMILY ON THE GOSPEL OF LUKE 39.4-6)

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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