Newsletter 18 October 2020
Someone once said that the only things certain in this world are death and taxes; and it appears from our gospel that at the time of Jesus taxes had to be paid also.
Just because we are followers of Jesus, does not mean we are exempted from living in the real world. We go to work earn our wages and spend our hard-earned money on the things we need to stay alive. Bills have to be paid and we, too, today have to pay tax to keep our economy going.
People always misquote this scriptural passage: money is the root of all evil. The correct saying in the letter to Timothy is the “the love of money is the root of evil.” There is nothing wrong in money in itself; it is how we use, misuse or even abuse money that matters.
Our dignity and value come from being created, loved and known by God. The prophet Isaiah reminds us that we are precious in the eyes of God. We need to reflect on our lives to discover what is truly essential. For Jesus, what is essential is love, forgiveness, peace, justice and concern for the poor. As we do this may the words of Jesus from today’s gospel stay with us, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God”.