Monday 14 August 2017
St Maximilian Kolbe.
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 and message were far more important.
Grass-roots change organisations do work. After the death of her son, a woman began a campaign to have the names of fallen Australian peacekeepers recorded on the Honour Roll at the War Memorial in Canberra. This was successful when 41,000 other people signed the petition. Jesus, help me choose my battles wisely.