In our Gospel passage today we see the Jewish leaders ganging up on Jesus and trying to trap him with what was a thorny political question of the day: “Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” No matter how he answers that question Jesus is going to offend someone pretty important! Jesus escapes the trap by asking for a coin and asking the officials whose image is on the coin. When they answer Caesar’s, he then gives the oft quoted saying to give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God. While we might smile at the clever answer there’s an important part of that saying that we often overlook: give to God what belongs to Him. I’m sure that most of us find it much easier to cheat God that to cheat the government. If we cheat on our taxes someone may notify us that we are in serious trouble. If we cheat on the time that we owe God or cheat on following God’s laws, no angel comes knocking, but, it is our loss if we have not met our obligation to God, and what we lost by cheating on God can only be regained by a real change of heart. Let’s ask ourselves as part of a real examination of conscience whether we really do give to God in terms of time, talent and treasure, what belongs to Him. God bless!
Following the WORD OF GOD
Created: July 23, 2004 St. Rosalie Catholic Church