Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
Readings: 1st: 2 Pt 3:12-15. 17-18; Ps: 89; Gos: Mc 12:13-17
This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working with the Spiritan International Group of Puerto Rico & Dominican Republic. He is the Administrator of Parroquia La Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Chancellor of the Diocesis of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more details and comments contact him on: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today is Tuesday of the ninth week of ordinary time. In today’s gospel, the confrontation between Jesus and the authority continues.
They came to put Christ to a test through a trap. Pretending to be sincere in their quest, they asked him a question to set him against the Roman authorities. This is because, Christ denounced their hypocrisy
They asked Christ a question concerning taxes paid to the Romans: “Is it lawful to pay tax to Caesar or not?” This was a controversial theme which divided public opinion.
At all cost, the enemies of Christ wanted to accuse him, and to diminish his influence among people. However, Christ is wiser than his enemies. So, he did not fall into their trap.
The response of Christ to his enemies left them speechless and completely defeated. It was simple and direct: “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God. Here, we see the spirit of wisdom in action.
There are some lessons for us from this episode. The first is that, we must beware of those who flatter us, or tell us only what we want to hear. Christ recognized that he was being tested. So, he did not fall into their trap because of their sweet words.
The second is that, at times in life, we are faced with a similar test. Like Christ, we must be able to respond with integrity and wisdom.
Let us pray that God may grant us the wisdom at all times to know what to do, and how to respond to situations that brings us much tests.
Peace be with you all!