For 22 October 2017, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, based on Matthew 22:15-21
Â The Pharisees went and plotted to entrap Jesus in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, â€œTeacher, 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. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?â€ But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, â€œWhy are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.â€ And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, â€œWhose head is this, and whose title?â€ They answered, â€œThe emperorâ€™s.â€ Then he said to them, â€œGive therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperorâ€™s, and to God the things that are Godâ€™s.â€
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.