On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 11, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Coin in a Fish

God’s way is never our way unless our way is that of God’s. We grief when we would should rejoice, we rejoice when we should grief.

As we love God with all our heart, we live and work our way according to His Will so that we may enter the heavenly Kingdom. So too, till we reach our heavenly inheritance, we must pay our dues for our society at large, our nation. For to lead others into the way of truth is to do so in love, charity, generosity, in short…by our example. God provides all we need and more. We do not lead others by offending, obstinacy, defiance or thinking we are above others or the law.

May we always Glorify our Lord, our God with our heart, mind and soul by His Word according to His Will. Amen

GOSPEL Matthew 17:22–27

As Jesus and his disciples were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men, and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were overwhelmed with grief.

When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax approached Peter and said, “Does not your teacher pay the temple tax?” “Yes,” he said. When he came into the house, before he had time to speak, Jesus asked him, “What is your opinion, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take tolls or census tax? From their subjects or from foreigners?” When he said, “From foreigners,” Jesus said to him, “Then the subjects are exempt. But that we may not offend them, go to the sea, drop in a hook, and take the first fish that comes up. Open its mouth and you will find a coin worth twice the temple tax. Give that to them for me and for you.”

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