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The Pharisees went off and plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech. They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. And you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion, for you do not regard a person’s status. Tell us, then, what is your opinion: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” Knowing their malice, Jesus said, “Why are you testing me, you hypocrites? Show me the coin that pays the census tax.” Then they handed him the Roman coin. He said to them, “Whose image is this and whose inscription?” They replied, “Caesar’s.” At that he said to them, “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”
A man from California on vacation in Acapulco, Mexico, was taking a walk along the beach. Suddenly he heard the screams of a woman kneeling in front of a little child. He knew enough Spanish to determine that the little child had swallowed a coin. Seizing the child by the heels, the man held him up, gave him a few shakes, and an American quarter dropped to the sidewalk. “Oh, thank you, sir,” she said. “You seemed to know just how to get it out of him. Are you a doctor?” “No, ma’am”, he said. “I’m with the United States Internal Revenue Service.”
Today’s Gospel passage contains the famous saying of Jesus, “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s”. Jesus is not making a political statement; He was avoiding a trap set by the Pharisees and the Herodians. The Herodians (a party with Roman connections) believed that the people should pay the tax. The Pharisees did not, but they made common cause with the Herodians to trap Jesus.
If Jesus said people should not pay the tax, He would be arrested by the Romans for inciting rebellion. If Jesus said they should pay the tax, He would then be considered a traitor to His own people. Jesus avoids the trap by asking to see a Roman coin. Since minting coins is the prerogative of governments, Jesus asks whose image is on it. When they say “Caesar”, He says pay it back to Caesar. But, more importantly He adds: “Render to God what is God’s.”
Unlike politicians, we are not elected to serve. We are just like the people at Thessalonica, who, as Paul says in the 2nd Reading, have been chosen by God. “For our Gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with much conviction.” God has come to each one of us in Baptism and Confirmation through the power of the Holy Spirit. In that initiation we became “a chosen race.” Each Sunday this same Lord comes to us again in Word and Sacrament. In the Scriptures He speaks to us what God desires of us. In Holy Communion, we find grace to fulfill what God wants of us.
Thus, like King Cyrus in the 1st Reading we are “called by name”. Like this foreign king who brought deliverance to the enslaved Jewish nation, we are called to render God service by helping to free people from their poverty and homelessness, from their enslavement to traffickers in children and drugs, from their loneliness and lives of desperation. We do this because the Church calls us to “do all things ‘for the greater glory of God.’ Former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm puts it another way: “Service is the rent you pay for room on this earth”.
Jesus is the supreme model of service. At the Last Supper, He gets down on His hands and knees to wash the feet of the Apostles. Then He says, “If I your Lord and teacher have washed your feet, you must also wash each other’s feet.” Then He gives us His Body and Blood; and, at each Mass we hear Him say to each of us, “Do this in memory of me.”
You may or may not pay your taxes for 2014. But, if you don’t the IRS is bound to catch up to you. But ultimately God will ask us to render an account. “Have you served by serving others?” Keep your eyes open this week for such opportunities to serve. You may help an elderly person across the street. You may help a child learn to read or how to kick a soccer ball. You may go to a sick person’s bedside or a prisoner’s cell. Whatever it may be, it is God inviting you to render Him service. And, if you render God service with all your heart, He will wholeheartedly welcome you into His home in heaven.
Natural family planning is a general name for family planning methods that are based on a woman's menstrual cycle. NFP methods are based on day-to-day observations of the naturally occurring signs of the fertile and infertile phases of the menstrual cycle. It takes into account the uniqueness of each woman. A man is fertile throughout his life, while a woman is fertile for only a few days each cycle during the childbearing years. A woman experiences clear, observable signs that show when she is fertile and infertile. To avoid pregnancy, the couple abstains from intercourse during the fertile phase. Couples can also use NFP to achieve pregnancy because it identifies the time of ovulation.
Any married couple can use NFP. A woman need not have regular cycles. The key to successful NFP use is cooperation and communication between husband and wife.
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