Sunday is a Day of Obligation
Some localities have their own liturgical
calendar (feastdays) - HERE
- or phone your local
diocesan or parish offices.
Readings for Today
(for historical background to The Gospel, see next Post -
which will be posted at a later point today)
What do we owe God and our neighbor?
*][LEFT]Scripture tells us to give to everyone whatever is their due and to “owe no one anything, except to love one another” (Romans 13:6-8). [/LEFT]
*][LEFT]The Jewish authorities sought to trap Jesus in a religious-state issue. [/LEFT]
*][LEFT]The Jews resented their foreign rulers and despised paying taxes to Caesar.[/LEFT]
*][LEFT]They posed a dilemma to test Jesus to see if he was loyal to them and to their understanding of religion. [/LEFT]
[/LIST][LEFT]If Jesus answered that it was lawful to pay taxes to a pagan ruler, then he would lose credibility with the Jewish nation who would regard him as a coward and a friend of Caesar.
If he said it was not lawful, then the Pharisees would have grounds to report him to the Roman authorities as a political trouble-maker and have him arrested. [/LEFT]
[LEFT]Jesus avoided their trap by confronting them with the image of a coin. Coinage in the ancient world had significant political Read on HERE [/LEFT]