DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage
Dear Friend in the Lord,
Hypocrisy: In today’s Gospel, the chief priests, scribes and elders, through their hypocrisy of praising Jesus, were in fact trying to trap Him. Truth brings us peace and sows unity in relationships, and builds our integrity with God. Hypocrisy, is a deceit that eventually divides and destroys relationship, and our faith in God.
Fr Philip Heng, S.J.
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 that you are an honest man, that you are not afraid of anyone, because human 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 or not?’
Recognising their hypocrisy he said to them, `Why are you putting me to the test? Hand me a denarius and let me see it.’ They handed him one and he said to them, `Whose portrait is this? Whose title?’ They said to him, `Caesar’s.’ Jesus said to them, `Pay Caesar what belongs to Caesar – and God what belongs to God.’ And they were amazed at him.