MY daily reflection and prayer:
Tuesday, June 02, 2015
9th Ordinary Week Time
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St Mark 12:13-17
And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to entrap him in his talk. And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true, and care for no man; for you do not regard the position of men, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?” But knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why put me to the test? Bring me a coin, and let me look at it.” And they brought one. And he said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said to him, “Caesar’s.” Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were amazed at him.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
Let’s reflect the deeper meaning of this Gospel. Jesus Christ avoided the trap of the Pharisees about paying taxes by confronting them with the image of a coin.
Jesus Christ wants to remind us that we, too, have been stamped with God’s image since we are created in his own likeness (Genesis 1:26-27). We rightfully belong, not to ourselves, but to God who created us. He also has redeemed us in the precious blood of his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
In the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we acknowledge that our lives belong to God and not to ourselves. There we give to God what rightfully belongs to Him.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, God has made us. We owe you the whole of our love; because you have redeemed us. Draw us to you, Lord, in the fullness of love. We are wholly yours by creation. Make us all yours in love now and forever. Amen.
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