Today's Reflection

The Pharisees and the Herodians try to trap Jesus. They adulate him with loads of flattery. But Jesus sees through it all. Undoubtedly, there was no hypocrisy in their question but certainly in their motivation. They had Jesus on the horns of a dilemma. "Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?" Had he to say "Yes", Jesus would have offended his followers who groaned under Roman subjugation. Had he to say "No", Jesus could be accused of treason. Jesus prescinds from the question. He was not against paying taxes. After all, the image on the denarius was that of Caesar whose money it was. But Caesar himself was under the authority of God. Give taxes to Caesar but yourselves to God in whose image you have been made.




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