19th Week in Ordinary Time : Monday 8th August, 2022

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DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Traps and Temptations” – Faith: In today’s Gospel, the tax collectors wanted to ‘trap’ Jesus and sow confusion in the Gospel He proclaims.  Ponder on, “The secular world has many temptations that try to draw us away from the Gospel of Jesus.  Do we remain firm and focused on obeying God’s Truth, that our Church Teaches?”

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?’ ‘Oh yes,’ he replied, and went into the house. But before he could speak, Jesus said, ‘Simon, what is your opinion? From whom do the kings of the earth 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 as not to offend these people, go to the lake and cast a hook; take the first fish that bites, open its mouth and there you will find a shekel; take it and give it to them for me and for you.’