Posted by: livingscripture | June 1, 2010

Ninth Tuesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 Repay Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.

                                                                         Mark 12: 17

 How should we live this Word

 The Chief Priests, the Scribes, and the Elders send some Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus in order to entrap Him.  They open their discourse with insincere compliments and then they ask Him, ‘Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?’  It seems like a simple question but it contains many subtleties for the Jews of that time.  The answer could put Jesus in an embarrassing situation either with the Romans or with the people.  Knowing their hypocrisy, Jesus avoids the trap.  ‘Bring me a denarius to look at.’  He asks whose image is on the coin.  ‘Caesar’s’, they reply.  Jesus gives an answer that fills everyone with admiration.  ‘Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.’ 

 Jesus gives us decisive criteria for Christian living.  There is only one Lord.  The primacy is God’s.  He is the origin of all authority and from this principle flow human liberty and all human authority.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on my Christian life with the light of the Holy Spirit in order to understand if I truly live with this perspective, that God has the primacy.  It is not easy and I cannot take it for granted.  It requires love and will to begin again each day, paying attention to the little things in particular.

 Lord of my life, I pray You with the words of Charles de Foucauld, ‘I abandon myself to You.  Do with me whatever pleases You.  I thank You for whatever You do with me.  I am ready for everything, I accept everything so that Your will may be done in me and in all creatures.

 The voice of St. Andrea Uberto, holy priest and founder

 We are more in God than the pupil in our eye.  He carries us in His womb, as a woman carries the child she has conceived.  God is the house where we always dwell and can never leave.  He is our life, our food because it is He who makes us live and nourishes us more than any mother can nourish her child.

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