“…go to the sea and cast a hook, and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel (a coin worth twice the temple tax), take that and give it to them for you and for me.” (Mt.17:27)
MY DEAR FRIEND, in the bible, all males from the age of twenty and above are required to pay a ‘Temple tax’ to support the upkeep of the Temple (cf. Exodus 30:11-16). Note that not only Jesus but Peter pays the tax – urged on by none other but Jesus himself (cf. Mt.17:27). Hence, with our eyes fixed on eternity, like Peter, we too are encouraged to support societal initiatives which are not contrary to God’s ordinances (cf. Acts 5:29, Exodus 30:11-16, Mt.17;27) as a veritable means towards the attainment of our eternal hope – to enter into eternal glory (cf. Ezekiel 1:28), with a foretaste in a diversely buoyant and well organised society, as depicted in the Old Testament passage for today (cf. Ezekiel 1:2-5,24-28).
This example by Jesus serves as a standard of conduct for all his true disciples. Remain Blessed.
1. Ezekiel 1:2-5,24-28 (Old Testament)
2. Psalm 148:1-2,11-14 (Response to the Old Testament)
3. 2Thessalonians 2:14 (Pointer & Summary of our Gospel today)
4. Matthew 17:22-27 (Gospel of the Day)
SUPPORT US TO SUSTAIN THIS SERVICE
And “You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us” – 2 Corinthians 9:11
Categories: Pithy Reflection