It is amazing how the Pharisees want by all means to trap Jesus
and condemn him. They will plot with anybody so as to get him.
"The Pharisees went off and potted how they might entrap Jesus"
They do have already the answer, they have already told the
Roman that this time we will let you find your enemy a person
who is trying to create problem for you and incite people
against the Roman Empire. They talked already to the High
priests and told them, here is the one who is diverting the good
people from the true religion to a certain sect that will at the
end destroy our faith. just come with us and we will show you
how he will show his real teeth of imposture.
They came with a real plan, well studied and well managed.
They came with the Herodians and many other groups, as we can
read in the Gospel of today. They did not came for an answer but
for a trap.
Jesus will understand from the very beginning their plot and
will say to them: "Why are you testing me, you hypocrites?" Mt.
Jesus then will tell them to give what to Caesar to Caesar
and what to God to God. They are called to serve earth and make
from it the reign of God.
He changed their trap to a new vision and apostolate. He will
tell them that not your reading of the Bible, not your
interpretations of the word of God, not your preaching or your
songs, not even your donations and your prayers ...
He will say to us the same to day, because we are so
hypocrites many times: not your masses, not your rosaries, not
you contributions, your choirs that can sing the best at
churches, not your homilies and your preaching will make from
you less hypocrite that anybody on earth ..
He will say all this could be good, you should do it as good
persons, what I am calling you to do is that your worship is not
complete unless you think differently.
He want better for us, his saved humans. The tax that should
be paid to enter his kingdom is to think of others needs and
make from it our first apostolate:
Unless we pay the tax to think of the needy children in the
world, unless we visit the sick people who have nobody to visit,
unless we commit ourselves at the service of others and
volunteer for them, unless we stand for justice, peace and truth
on the issues of the oppressed countries, unless we think of the
refugees, the people with AIDS, defend the unborn and refuse
abortion, unless we make from others our family and care to
build one mystical body with them: OUR WORSHIP IS NOT COMPLETE.
So give to Caesar what belongs to him and to God what it
belongs to. The tax that you should pay for God is not only a
worship, but a commitments for God's mission in the world.