19th Week, Ordinary Time (Year A) : Monday 14th August, 2023

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DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Paying Taxes – Faith: In today’s Gospel, Jesus willingly paid tax, so as to avoid any unnecessary confusions and conflicts with the authorities.  Ponder on, “The Christian faith supports the truth, justice and peace of the common good of all ruling authorities. Moreover, our faith deepens and goes beyond such values, and proclaims the Eternal Kingdom of God.”

Fr Philip Heng, S.J.

Matthew 17:24-27

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.’