Tuesday 4 June 2024

About Today Readings

2 Peter 3:11-15, 17-18. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge – Psalm 89(90):2-4, 10, 14, 16. Mark 12:13-17.

All things are of God

One interpretation of today’s reading might be that Jesus makes a distinction between the realm of God and the worldly realm of Caesar. A person could hear his words and see how their loyalty might be given to both – paying taxes to Caesar, while also remembering they are part of God’s people.

However, it also depends on what we might mean by ‘ownership’. If we believe that everything, ultimately, belongs to God, then it leaves little if anything belonging to Caesar. Even the coin Jesus shows to the Pharisees and Herodians is made of precious metals that are given to us by God.

In weighing this question for ourselves, I suggest it’s prudent to continue paying one’s taxes if one wants to remain free to live in society. However, I think it’s also wise to consider the limits of worldly authority and see that ultimately all things are of God, not man.

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