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.