HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF 9TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME.
THEME: GIVING BACK TO GOD.
BY: FR. GERALD M. MUSA
The Biblical quotation, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Mark 12:17). has been interpreted and even misinterpreted in many different ways. A common interpretation says the sacred has nothing to do with the secular; public life has nothing to do with private life; religion has nothing to do with politics. This interpretation is wrong as long as we accept that God should be all and in all (1 Corinthians 15:28).
We pay taxes to the government because the government maintains the infrastructure we enjoy and they provide security for us. However, we forget that it is in the world of God that we live. Giving back to God must always be our priority. In the play, Henry VII written by William Shakespeare, Cardinal Wolsey on his deathbed confided to Thomas Cromwell: fI had served God as diligentiy as I have the King, He would not have given me over in my grey hairs.”
Perhaps we find it more difficult to pay back to God because it is voluntary and not compulsory. When you calculate how much we pay as tax, we may realise that we are paying more to Caesar than we are paying back to God. In this case, the equation is not balanced because we receive more from God than from the government. How often do we remember to give to God through acts of charity to the poor and to the Church?
MARK 12:13-17; TUESDAY, 9TH WEEK
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