June 5 – Tuesday

Memorial of Saint Boniface, Bishop and Martyr

Reading 1: 2 PT 3:12-15A, 17-18

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 90

In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.

Gospel: MK 12:13-17

Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?

 

Reflection

Those who harm you the most are often those who were the kindest to you.  They tend to inflate you before they puncture you!

The Pharisees and the Herodians came up to Jesus and said to him, “We know that you are a truthful man.”  Wow!  “We also know that you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion.”  Aw.

This sudden and unexpected burst of kindness, cordiality and flattery from these Jews leaders did not go unnoticed.

 

What belongs to God?  Man.  What belongs to man?  God.

God doesn’t need our cleverness.  He doesn’t need our lies, our filth or our deceptions in order to convince Him of our love for Him.  If we want to defend God in our homes and in our society then all we need to do is give to God what belongs to God; that is, give Him the naked truth of ourselves and the naked truth of His Son’s love for us.  Let us give to God and man our fidelity and love.  That’s it.

We don’t need to be sneaky, manipulative, and dishonest.  All we need to be is true and loving.

 

Prayer:

This is a day that You have made, Father. Thank You that You’ll be near us in whatever we face today.