Monday 12 August 2019

About Today Readings

Deuteronomy 10:12-22. Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20. Matthew 17:22-27.

Praise the Lord, Jerusalem – Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20.

‘So as not to offend these people, give it to them for me and for you.’

Some battles are not worth fighting. Some brick walls should stay where they are. With finite time and energy, it can be important to focus on what can be changed. Jesus could have made an issue of the payment of the tax. In choosing not to, he taught the disciples a lesson in priorities. It was an inconvenience and probably an injustice: a tax imposed on an occupied country by the invaders. But Jesus’ mission was far more important.

This mission sent him out to all the world as the anointed one. Proclaiming good news to the poor and liberty to captives, he came to announce the kingdom of God. In so doing, he paved a new path for people to deepen their relationships to self, other, and God. They would still pay their tax at the appointed time. But their lives had been renewed walking in step with him.

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