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Are you not in awe of our Lord’s wisdom in today’s Gospel? It is not like watching a finale of soap opera or TV drama series? The evil schemers plot the death of the protagonist who not only disables the trap of theirs but leaves them dumbfounded! Woo hoo! We rejoice, what a wonderful end or was it? Did we miss the hidden ‘egg’? Imagine at the end credits like a Marvel movie, the protagonist looks straight at the camera with piercing eyes he asks this of you, “What belongs to God?”

Yes sisters and brothers in Christ, have we forgotten that all that we are and all that we have comes from the Lord our God, creator of heaven and earth? Have allowed the world to blind us with its droppings? Have we become suspicious of the good works of others? Have we failed to recognise the goodness and grace of God working in those around us? Have we become self centred and inward looking? What is mine is mine alone? I have worked so very hard and all that I have achieved rightfully belongs to me and my family? I have very little time if any at all so please don’t bother me about spending time with community right now. Ask me again when I am retired!  So then what is it that we offer or rather give with all our heart to God our Heavenly Father?

May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our mind, so that we can see what hope his call holds for us. And may the offering of our bodies as a living sacrifice be holy and pleasing to Him. Amen

First reading

Tobit 2:9-14 ·

‘Everyone knows what return you have had for your good works’

I, Tobit, took a bath; then I went into the courtyard and lay down by the courtyard wall. Since it was hot I left my face uncovered. I did not know that there were sparrows in the wall above my head; their hot droppings fell into my eyes. White spots then formed, which I was obliged to have treated by the doctors. But the more ointments they tried me with, the more the spots blinded me, and in the end I became blind altogether. I remained without sight four years; all my brothers were distressed; and Ahikar provided for my upkeep for two years, till he left for Elymais.

    My wife Anna then undertook woman’s work; she would spin wool and take cloth to weave; she used to deliver whatever had been ordered from her and then receive payment. Now on March the seventh she finished a piece of work and delivered it to her customers. They paid her all that was due, and into the bargain presented her with a kid for a meal. When the kid came into my house, it began to bleat. I called to my wife and said, ‘Where does this creature come from? Suppose it has been stolen! Quick, let the owners have it back; we have no right to eat stolen goods.’ She said, ‘No, it was a present given me over and above my wages.’ I did not believe her, and told her to give it back to the owners (I blushed at this in her presence). Then she answered, ‘What about your own alms? What about your own good works? Everyone knows what return you have had for them.’

Gospel

Mark 12:13-17

Give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God

The chief priests and the scribes and the elders sent to Jesus some Pharisees and some Herodians to catch him out in what he said. These came and said to him, ‘Master, we know you are an honest man, that you are not afraid of anyone, because a man’s rank means nothing to you, and that you teach the way of God in all honesty. Is it permissible to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Should we pay, yes or no?’ Seeing through their hypocrisy he said to them, ‘Why do you set this trap for me? Hand me a denarius and let me see it.’ They handed him one and he said, ‘Whose head is this? Whose name?’ ‘Caesar’s’ they told him. Jesus said to them, ‘Give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar – and to God what belongs to God.’ This reply took them completely by surprise.


Of my heart I give my all to You, O Lord.I have been childish, unfaithful, seeking honour, affirmation and self pleasures. Have mercy and set Your servant free.Of my heart I offer my all to You O Lord.Instead of being bold in standing up for the truth, I have chosen to be silent in the face of injuctices. Thinking that it is someone else’s fight not mine! Instead of correcting errors I have chosen to keep the peace, to live and let live. I was blind to the fact that souls were at stake. Awake in me Lord a zeal in any and every situation to do Your Will always.Of my heart I offer my all to You O Lord.I have been impatient with those who refuse to grow in their faith and relationship with You. With those who are slow to learn Your ways and those who have set their hearts on the ways of the world. Lord teach me Your patience for if You were not patient with me, my soul would be lost for all eternity.Of my heart I offer my all to You O Lord.
Of my heart I offer my all to You O Lord.
Of my heart I offer my all to You O Lord. Amen

First reading

2 Timothy 4:1-8 ·
I have run the race to the finish; I have kept the faith; it is time for me to be goneBefore God and before Christ Jesus who is to be judge of the living and the dead, I put this duty to you, in the name of his Appearing and of his kingdom: proclaim the message and, welcome or unwelcome, insist on it. Refute falsehood, correct error, call to obedience – but do all with patience and with the intention of teaching. The time is sure to come when, far from being content with sound teaching, people will be avid for the latest novelty and collect themselves a whole series of teachers according to their own tastes; and then, instead of listening to the truth, they will turn to myths. Be careful always to choose the right course; be brave under trials; make the preaching of the Good News your life’s work, in thoroughgoing service.
As for me, my life is already being poured away as a libation, and the time has come for me to be gone. I have fought the good fight to the end; I have run the race to the finish; I have kept the faith; all there is to come now is the crown of righteousness reserved for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that Day; and not only to me but to all those who have longed for his Appearing.

Gospel

Mark 12:38-44
This poor widow has put in more than allIn his teaching Jesus said, ‘Beware of the scribes who like to walk about in long robes, to be greeted obsequiously in the market squares, to take the front seats in the synagogues and the places of honour at banquets; these are the men who swallow the property of widows, while making a show of lengthy prayers. The more severe will be the sentence they receive.’
He sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the treasury, and many of the rich put in a great deal. A poor widow came and put in two small coins, the equivalent of a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, ‘I tell you solemnly, this poor widow has put more in than all who have contributed to the treasury; for they have all put in money they had over, but she from the little she had has put in everything she possessed, all she had to live on.’