8/8/2022 Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 17:22-27
22 As Jesus and his disciples were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men,
23 and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were overwhelmed with grief.
24 When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax approached Peter and said, “Does not your teacher pay the temple tax?”
25 “Yes,” he said. When he came into the house, before he had time to speak, Jesus asked him, “What is your opinion, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take tolls or census tax? From their subjects or from foreigners?”
26 When he said, “From foreigners,” Jesus said to him, “Then the subjects are exempt.
27 But that we may not offend them, go to the sea, drop in a hook, and take the first fish that comes up. Open its mouth and you will find a coin worth twice the temple tax. Give that to them for me and for you.”
8/8/2022 Today’s Gospel Reflection: Matthew 17:22-27
When Jesus mentioned his impending suffering and death, His disciples were “overwhelmed with grief”. Their feeling is understandable. Who would like to see a loved one suffer and die? Yet, they would understand later after the resurrection. As modern day followers, we are privileged to know that Jesus did not not suffer and die in vain.
Jesus is our King who suffered and died for our sake. His life was offered for the ransom of many. We are His subjects but do we pay Him “taxes” to Him in the form of tithes? We find ways to pay taxes to earthly kings and rulers but many times we find ways to avoid giving tithes to our church or community. The government does spend our taxes for our benefit yet we often forget that God grants us benefits a thousand times more than what the government offers. Let that sink in. God is more generous than we can ever imagine.