Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Mark 12:13-17, today's Gospel

If there is one thing you can be sure of, it’s that you can’t trick Jesus. And oh, how the Pharisees tried. Resentful of the presence of Roman power on their land, they thought they could test Jesus by saying, “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?”
Jesus sees through their deceit, and by showing them the imprint of Caesar on a denarius (a coin worth about a day’s wage), tells them, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”
I know that many argue that the church should not be involved with matters of the state, but as a Catholic, I cannot conceive of making any decision, moral or social, without deeply considering God. From the moment I wake each day, until I go to bed at night, my single prayer is that, whatever this day holds, I give it all to God. And so this is how we should approach everything. As Catholics, we can’t afford to remove God from our daily decisions. In fact, whatever the issue, large or small, should we not first consult with our Creator, the one who has the right answers? The answer is absolutely. We must present to Him what belongs to Him. And what exactly belongs to God?