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Gospel: Matthew 22:15-21

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Vince Contreras offers these points:
  • This Sunday’s Gospel finds Jesus in Jerusalem just days before his Passion. He continues to offer his opponents a chance to repent until the very end, even as they conspire on how to destroy him.
  • Taking common cause with the Pharisees, another group, “the Herodians,” join the conspiracy against Jesus. This group (mentioned in the Scriptures only twice in Mark, and once in Matthew) were supporters of King Herod. They were comfortable with the Roman occupation that kept Herod in power and from which they profited economically.
  • The Pharisees, on the other hand, despised the Romans and Herod, and advocated passive resistance to their rule. Two more unlikely allies could hardly be imagined.
  • After insincerely trying to flatter Jesus (verse 16), the Pharisees and the disciples of the Herodians attempt to trick him into making a damaging statement (verse 17). If Jesus had answered, “Pay the tax,” the Pharisees would use it to discredit him before the people as a traitor to the Jews. Had he said, “Don’t pay the tax,” the Herodians would have turned him into the Romans as one advocating insurrection (as it turns out, even though he says the opposite, he was falsely accused of this at his trial; see Luke 23:2).
SOURCE: Sunday Scripture Study for Catholics © 2011
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Keep your priorities clear.

  • Today’s passage from Matthew’s Gospel is the first of four stories about Jesus’ conflict with the Jewish authorities.
  • The Pharisees try to trap Jesus with a question about paying taxes.
  • Jesus refuses to answer the question on the level that it is presented to him, instead he raises the discussion to a higher level; teaching that in all cases, our responsibility to God is primary.
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Reading I : Isaiah 25:6-10a
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I have called you by name.

  • When Israel was exiled in Babylon, the people found it difficult to understand how God could allow them to be captives in a strange land.
  • Isaiah comforts the people with the message that God would use another nation and another leader to restore the people to their own land.
  • God called Cyrus, the Persian leader, to defeat the Babylonians and to give the Jews permission to return and rebuild Jerusalem and its surroundings.
Reading II : Thessalonians 1:1-5b
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We thank God for your faith!

  • Paul’s greeting to the Thessalonians marks the beginning of his thanksgiving to God for their fervent response to his preaching.
  • Thessalonica was a crucial place for spreading the Gospel throughout Macedonia.
  • Paul is thankful that the Church is flourishing.
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