They sent some of the Pharisees and supporters of Herod to trap him in his words. They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you’re genuine and you don’t worry about what people think. You don’t show favoritism but teach God’s way as it really is. Does the Law allow people to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Should we pay taxes or not?”
Since Jesus recognized their deceit, he said to them, “Why are you testing me? Bring me a coin. Show it to me.” And they brought one. He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?”
“Caesar’s,” they replied.
Jesus said to them, “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” His reply left them overcome with wonder.
Mark 12:13-17, Common English Bible (c) 2011
I believe I am to be a good steward of what I have because it all belongs to God. We are, like Abram and Sarai (see Genesis 12:1-3), blessed to be a blessing. In my better moments I live that way: aware of the abundance in my life, on the look-out for opportunities to share, erring on the side of generosity.
Tax day is a month away. It is a reminder that we live in community and are called to care for each other. In my better moments, I pay taxes with gratitude for public education, for police and fire protection, for good roads and road crews. What would you add to the list?
-Teressa Clark, 2019
Lenten Reflections 2019: Following Jesus from the Mount of Olives to the Tomb ~ Day 8