Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Gospel Decades - Mark 12:13-17

BEADS OF JOY 06-04-13
“Gospel Decades-Mark 12:13-17”
©2013 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

Gospel: (Mark 12:13-17 / Questions about Paying Taxes)

And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to entrap him in his talk. And they came and said to him, "Teacher, we know that you are true, and care for no man; for you do not regard the position of men, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?" But knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, "Why put me to the test? Bring me a coin, and let me look at it." And they brought one. And he said to them, "Whose likeness and inscription is this?" They said to him, "Caesar's." Jesus said to them, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." And they were amazed at him.”

Pray -1 Our Father -10 Hail Mary’s -Glory be… - Oh My Jesus…

Reflection: My Friends,
They tried to trap our Lord. Men aren’t too smart when they think they can outsmart God. Jesus took the high of answer, and instead of giving a direct answer that was political; He turned it into an imagery answer of major significant spiritual tone. "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."V.17 That answer is amazing, you kinda want to give Jesus a high five and just dance and scream and shout with joy. Jesus separated the argument keeping our focus on God and keeping the love of the coin or desires for the coin or even the possession of the coin, as something that belong to the person who picture was on it. Absolutely brilliant.

He who desires nothing but God is rich and happy.”
~St. Alphonsus Liguori

We should have no more use or regard for money in any of its forms than we have for dust. Those who think it is worth more, or who are greedy for it, expose themselves to the danger of being deceived by the Devil.” ~St. Francis of Assisi

There are many ways that we can give to others, it’s not always about money. We can:

§  Give a smile to brighten up another person’s day;

§  Give up some of our time to help others out;

§  Give a helping hand in so many ways;

§  Give a donation, any size helps a lot;

§  Give your attention to listen to someone;

§  Give someone a hug, there are many lonely people;

§  Give a gift, wrapped with a bow and card;

§  Give of yourself by sharing with others; and

§  Give love and caring;

Giving is the KEY to getting closer to Jesus. We must give all that we have, just like Jesus did. He gave everything, including His life.

Pondering these thoughts today: Do you live your life with the full knowledge and acceptance that everything you have, everything you own and everything receive and own – comes from God and is God’s? This thought includes every aspect of ourselves, our body, our mind and our thoughts. It’s not an easy understanding as you dig deeper into this thought -but we must, to the best of our ability; present ourselves as a living sacrifice to God. Think about everything you have, yea everything; do you honestly willingly know that it all belongs to God? And if you do understand that, do you hoard it, embrace it, and refuse to let it go? If you understand God has blessed you, the greatest thing you can do with His blessings, is pass them on. Share what you have, after all it’s not yours – it’s God’s. And in doing so those you share it with, can also share it with others.

Your brother in Christ Jesus
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS

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