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Give to God what belongs to God

2 Cor 1:3-4: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all of our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
  Let us Pray ...
Heavenly Father, there have been times when we were so broken we could not go on. We know our strength to continue came from your rich grace and mercy. Please use us this week to offer your comfort and love to others so they may feel your warm embrace and come to yearn more for the day we see you face to face in heaven. Through Infant Jesus, we pray. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (March 08, 2011)
Tuesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
First Reading:  Tobit 2:9-14
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 112:1-2,7-8,9
Gospel:  Mark 12:13-17
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Mark 12:13-17)
The Jewish establishment sought to catch Jesus in a religious-state argument over the issue of taxes. The Jews resented their distant rulers and reviled paying taxes to Cesar. They pretense a dilemma to test Jesus to see if he would make a declaration they could use against him. If Jesus replied that it was lawful to pay taxes to a pagan king, then he would lose trustworthiness with the Jewish public who would regard him as a coward and a friend of Cesar. If he said it was not legal, then the Pharisees would have basis to report him to the Roman authorities as a political menace and have him arrested. Jesus stayed away from their trap by tackled them with the image of a coin. Coinage in the very old world had significant political authority. Rulers issued coins with their own picture and writing on them. In a convinced sense the coin was regarded as the personal belongings of the ruler. Where the coin was applicable the ruler held political sway over the people. Since the Jews used the Roman money, Jesus explains that what belonged to Caesar must be given to Caesar. This story has one more deeper meaning as well. We, too, have been embossed with God’s image since we are shaped in his own likeness. We lawfully belong, not to ourselves, but to God who created us and saved us in the precious blood of his Son, our Lord Jesus. Do we acknowledge that our life belongs to God and not to ourselves? And do we give to God what rightfully belongs to Him?
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