What’s from God?

– Tuesday Week 9 in Ordinary Time –

They sent to him some Pharisees and some Herodians to trap him in what he said … “Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?” But knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why are you putting me to the test? Bring me a denarius and let me see it.” And they brought one.

Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.” Jesus said to them, “Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were utterly amazed at him. [Mark 12: 13-17]

Jesus recognises the trap the Pharisees are setting, and he is having none of it. He will not be drawn into a philosophical or theological debate with them, instead he responds with the simple truth. Give to the emperor what is the emperor’s and give to God what is God’s.

This leads us to the question, what is of God in our lives? What has been blessed and gifted by God and how do we return that to Him? What are the things in our lives that bring us life, bring us joy and bring us love? Do we give thanks to God for those things and do we give them back to God by sharing life, joy and love with others? Spend some time today reflecting on what are the blessings in your life and give thanks to God.

Lord, giver of all gifts and the source of all love, thank you for the gifts and blessings in my life. Help me recognise what blessings you have given me and give me the opportunity to pass that blessing onto others today. Amen.


by Nattasha Mierendorf

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