19th Week in Ordinary Time : Monday, 9th August 2021

Daily Word Of God

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.’

Today's Pointers on God's Word

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • The Gospel tells us that we may not always understand God’s plans as they seem to contradict our expectations and lifestyles. Nevertheless, we are each called to remain faithful to God at all times.


  • As sons and daughters of God the Father, Jesus as our King and the Holy Spirit as our daily guide and strength, we are all called to build our country as good citizens.  We are to sow peace and unity through our Gospel values.


  • Do you turn away from challenges that demand you to live and uphold the Gospel values of Christ?