Gospel Matthew 22:15-21
The Pharisees went off
and plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech.
They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying,
"Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man
and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.
And you are not concerned with anyone's opinion,
for you do not regard a person's status.
Tell us, then, what is your opinion:
Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?"
Knowing their malice, Jesus said,
"Why are you testing me, you hypocrites?
Show me the coin that pays the census tax."
Then they handed him the Roman coin.
He said to them, "Whose image is this and whose inscription?"
They replied, "Caesar's."
At that he said to them,
"Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
and to God what belongs to God."
Prayer: Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of the faithful and kindle in them the fire of Thy Divine Love. Amen
"Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God, what belongs to God." Is it so difficult to distinguish which belongs to God, and what belongs to the world?
"Then they handed Him the Roman coin. He said to them, "Whose Image is this and whose inscription?" How often do we really reflect upon the Truth, that I am made in the image of God. That I belong to God. From my Baptism I received an indelible mark on my soul, He traced His very image on my soul, I bear His likeness and I am precious to Him. I too belong to a household; the household of God. And as a member of this household, I have been baptized into countless gifts and privileges and I carry responsibilities and two of these are that I must return to God my Father my Love and Obedience. Do I return these to God?
Whether one is married or not, or has children or not, is the not the question necessarily, the question is more fundamental. Do I honor, love and reverence the image of God in every soul I come in contact with? Or does another 'image" ie money, captivate and hold me? What 'return' do I make of myself to God? Sooner or later in life, I will return to him, whose image will He find on my soul? Will I bear His Image or the Worlds?