DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage
Dear Friend in the Lord,
Secular Authority: In today’s Gospel, Jesus did not object to the paying of the taxes. When we live the Gospel with fidelity and commitment, we will become more patriotic citizens. The values of the Gospel teach us to live more wholesome lives that contribute s invaluably to the common good.
Fr Philip Heng, S.J.
When Jesus and his disciples reached Capernaum, the collectors of the half-shekel came to Peter and said, ‘Does your master not pay the half-shekel?’ ‘Yes,’ he replied, and went into the house. But before he could speak, Jesus said, ‘Simon, what is your opinion? From whom do earthly kings take toll or tribute? From their sons or from foreigners?’
And when he replied, ‘From foreigners,’ Jesus said, ‘Well then, the sons are exempt. However, so that we shall not be the downfall of others, go to the lake and cast a hook; take the first fish that rises, open its mouth and there you will find a shekel; take it and give it to them for me and for yourself.’