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June 01, 2021

St. Justin

Mk 12: 13-17 

Then they sent to him some Pharisees and some Herodians to trap him in what he said. And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality, but teach the way of God in accordance with truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?” 

But knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why are you putting me to the test? Bring me a denarius and let me see it.” And they brought one. Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.” Jesus said to them, “Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were utterly amazed at him.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Transcending the boxes we put people in

In today’s Gospel, the Pharisees and Herodians try to ensnare Jesus by forcing him to choose between one of two options. Either it’s lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or it’s unlawful. You’re either for it, or you’re against it.

How often are we told by our social media feeds that we need to be in one or two trenches? We are quick to try to make the world black and white because it makes it easier for us to judge others against our own perceived righteousness. But God transcends these barriers—Jesus is greater than the box we try to place him in.

Jesus’s response to his would be ensnarers is to give to Caesar what is his and God what is God’s. So what is it that we should be giving to God? It is our very selves, in imitation of Christ, who gave himself for all people: Jews and Romans and all others.

In what ways do you feel squeezed into a box that is too small for one who calls himself/herself a Christian? How can you transcend that today?

—Ian Peoples, SJ, is a Jesuit of the Central and Southern Province working as a prison chaplain and campus minister in Belize City.

 

Prayer

Lord God, you call us to look beyond our own opinions to transcend the barriers that divide us. Open our hearts to those around us, so that we may imitate Christ in building relationships with others. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team


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June 01, 2021

St. Justin

Mk 12: 13-17 

Then they sent to him some Pharisees and some Herodians to trap him in what he said. And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality, but teach the way of God in accordance with truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?” 

But knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why are you putting me to the test? Bring me a denarius and let me see it.” And they brought one. Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.” Jesus said to them, “Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were utterly amazed at him.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Transcending the boxes we put people in

In today’s Gospel, the Pharisees and Herodians try to ensnare Jesus by forcing him to choose between one of two options. Either it’s lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or it’s unlawful. You’re either for it, or you’re against it.

How often are we told by our social media feeds that we need to be in one or two trenches? We are quick to try to make the world black and white because it makes it easier for us to judge others against our own perceived righteousness. But God transcends these barriers—Jesus is greater than the box we try to place him in.

Jesus’s response to his would be ensnarers is to give to Caesar what is his and God what is God’s. So what is it that we should be giving to God? It is our very selves, in imitation of Christ, who gave himself for all people: Jews and Romans and all others.

In what ways do you feel squeezed into a box that is too small for one who calls himself/herself a Christian? How can you transcend that today?

—Ian Peoples, SJ, is a Jesuit of the Central and Southern Province working as a prison chaplain and campus minister in Belize City.

 

Prayer

Lord God, you call us to look beyond our own opinions to transcend the barriers that divide us. Open our hearts to those around us, so that we may imitate Christ in building relationships with others. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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