Posted by: livingscripture | June 6, 2017

Tuesday after Pentecost

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

June 6, 2017

Tuesday after Pentecost

 

WORD of the DAY 

They came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion. You do not regard a person’s status but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not? Should we pay or should we not pay?”  Knowing their hypocrisy he said to them, “Why are you testing me? Bring me a denarius to look at.”  They brought one to him and he said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They replied to him, “Caesar’s.”  So Jesus said to them, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” They were utterly amazed at him. (Mark 12: 13-17)

How shall I live this Word

Jesus sees right through any hypocrisy, even ours.  We cannot hide from the truth because Jesus knows us in our innermost being and loves us as we are.  How beautiful and pleasing to Him when we open ourselves in all honesty, recognizing our faults and bringing them to Jesus for healing, without fear.  We need not try to ‘trick’ Him, an impossibility; what we are really doing is saving face for ourselves.

How patient He is and how wise, helping us to see that there is justice toward God – His right due – and justice toward the world – its right due.  Each has its proper place in helping us to be ‘good Christians and honest citizens’ as Don Bosco would say.  Jesus is our Teacher at every level and leads us to what is Good, True, Beautiful so that we may have His joy and have it in abundance.

Spirit sent by Jesus, come into our heart and cast Your radiant light that we may see all from God’s perspective.

The Voice of Theology of Work Project 

You cannot pretend to follow Christ by acting as if he cares nothing about your work. Jesus is not proclaiming license to do as you please at work, but peace about the things you cannot control. You can control whether you defraud others in your work (Mark 10:18), so don’t do it. You cannot control whether you have to pay taxes (Mark 12:17), so pay them.

___________________________________________________________________________

 


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: