After three parables spoken in the Temple, this week Matthew begins to relate a series of encounters with Jesus between different groups. The first is between Jesus and the Pharisees, they wanted to trap him. Jesus, wisely, tells them that they should give to God what belongs to God and Caesar what belongs to Caesar.

We can learn three lessons from this encounter: i) we must recognise the ‘Caesar’ in our own lives and give what is due when it is due, ii) that we, like Jesus, would give courageous, simple and honest answers when we need to, iii) that we would never forget in whose image we are made and for what purpose we should be ‘spent’.

Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

You can find the texts that this reflection is based on in your bible, or simply just hover your mouse over the following references and the texts will also appear:

Isaiah 45:1,4-6; Psalm 95; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5 & Matthew 22:15-21

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