Monday 14 August 2023
St Maximilian Kolbe
Deuteronomy 10:12-22. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem – Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20. Matthew 17:22-27.
Jesus’ death is not the end
Today’s Gospel seems to have two distinct sections. First, Jesus’ talk of his passion and death and second, paying taxes. Do the two go together? I must admit, at first, I was unsure. But, on reflection, putting these two parts of life together in the one Gospel reminds us not just of Jesus’ humanity, but his understanding of his world. In so many ways, the manner of his death would define him and yet, this does not mean that he is above the everyday stresses and problems of his world. He speaks of what is to come, but he doesn’t forget that he is human, that his followers are human and even after he dies, they will continue. It is a reminder that Jesus’ death was not the end of the story of our faith. It is a defining moment, yes, but not the only one.