What Belongs to God?
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For 18 October 2020, Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, based on Matthew 22:15-21
Then 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€˜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. 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€˜Why 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€˜Whose head is this, and whose title?â€™ They answered, â€˜The emperorâ€™s.â€™ Then he said to them, â€˜Give 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.
20 October 2020 @ 3:06 am
Thank you for this reminder to unclench my hands and heart, to see all as gift, and God as Giver.