9th Week in Ordinary Time

Pharisees and Herodians (a Jewish sect) asked Jesus about paying the Roman census tax in a veiled effort to get Him to deny either the sovereignty of God or of Caesar. The Lord said to give each his due. Sadducees tried to refute belief in resurrection to new life by asking whose wife a widow seven times over would be in heaven. Jesus said that the resurrected become like angels. Marriage on Earth doesn’t constrain the unlimited love in heaven. Observing a poor widow give all that she had to the temple treasury, Jesus pointed out that two small coins amounted to a huge sacrifice for her. We can practically hear the Lord sigh with relief when a scribe said that burnt offerings and sacrifices could not compare with loving God and neighbor. Do the ways we want to make the world a better place reflect heavenly values?