Theme: “Here I Am, Send Me”
This passage of the Gospel we heard is in the context when Israel was under the occupation of the Romans. At Jesus’ time, the Pharisees were against paying taxes to the Romans, but the Herodians (one group of the Israelites who supported Herod, the puppet king of the Romans) collaborated and paid taxes. For this and many other reasons, the Pharisees did not get along with the Herodians. But here Jesus is their common enemy. They team up to entrap him.
They asked Jesus a “Yes or No” question. “Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” If Jesus said yes, then the Pharisees and all the Jews would be mad at him; and if he said no, then he would be in trouble with the Romans. Knowing their malice, Jesus gave them an answer which promotes unity among them: “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”
Through the answer of Jesus, the liturgy of today wants to teach us that as Christians, we are citizens of two cities: the earthly city (Unites States for example) and the heavenly city (the Church). The Gospel invites you, in one hand, to be a good earthly citizen, loving your country, paying your taxes and exercising your voting rights. On the other hand, you must also be a good heavenly citizen, loving your Church and supporting your Church with the three “Ts” (Time, Talents, and Treasures) God entrusted you. By doing this, you respond to your baptismal call as a missionary.
Today, we celebrate World Mission Sunday. At this celebration, we unite ourselves with all our fellow Christians in the world to mark this Sunday as “One Sunday for the whole World.” From our baptism, everyone is a ... READ MORE