Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Pharisees begrudgingly paid taxes so that the Romans would not interfere with their religious authority. Herodians, a political group, backed the Roman Empire. In an unlikely alliance, they cunningly asked Jesus if He regarded a census tax as lawful. The Lord said to repay to Caesar and to God what belonged to each. Sadducees denied resurrection and smugly asked Jesus whose wife a remarried widow becomes in the next life. Jesus said they underestimated God’s power. Although He criticized scribes who used their legal expertise to defraud widows, Jesus praised one who said that loving God and neighbor mean more than burnt offerings. Do we look beyond a dictionary to understand the Word of God, always defined by love?

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