Reflection on Matthew 22:15-21
When you think about giving to God the things that are God, what are your immediate thoughts? Perhaps because of your wonderful relationship with Him, it is prayer, praise or gratitude. Perhaps it is what your do, or be for the other of spouse, family, friends or even strangers. What of the taxes? If you are like me, it is done only because it is the law but you do not agree with where the money goes to and how it is used. Giving to God is joyful, giving taxes is with resistance.
Matthew 22 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The Question about Paying Taxes
15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. 16 So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. 17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20 Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” 21 They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 22:15-21.