“The sons are free from taxation. However, we don’t want to offend these people … pay them our taxes.” (Mt 17:27)
Meditation: Peter seems to be quite unhappy since the transfiguration of Jesus on the mount Tabor. How happy and pleasant he was there on the top of the mountain, even ready to make three booths over there: one for Jesus, one for Moses and the other for Elijah. After their coming down to the plain ground, everything turned turtle; they were reproached by Jesus himself for their little faith, they were taught on His passion, death and resurrection and finally, now questioned by the temple tax-collectors as to whether they paid tax or not. Certainly, it would have been better if they had remained there on the top of the mountain, Peter might have thought once again. But, see Jesus, how he handles the problems of desperate Peter. Jesus makes him understand first that even though there is no need of paying religious taxes; for they are sons; pay them in order that it may not offend those people. The letter to the Hebrews reminds us, “Try to be at peace with everyone.” (12:14) And St. Paul in his letter to the Corinthians says, “If food makes my brother sin, I will never eat meat again, so as not to make my brother fall into sin.” (1 Cor 8:13) Then, indeed, it is a question of making others not to sin as well as a question of making ourselves not to sin. Finally, it is also call to try to live a life of holiness that of course needs a lot of sacrifices; it demands your money, time, talents etc.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank you and praise you for your guidance and encouragement everyday you give through your eternal word to each one of us. Whenever we prove ourselves desperate and disinterested, come to our help and make our heart and mind enlightened. Lord, send your Holy Spirit and fill us with your gifts. Amen!