Some Pharisees and Herodians were sent
to Jesus to ensnare him in his speech.
They came and said to him,
“Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man
and that you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion.
You do not regard a person’s status
but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.
Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?
Should we pay or should we not pay?”
Knowing their hypocrisy he said to them,
“Why are you testing me?
Bring me a denarius to look at.”
They brought one to him and he said to them,
“Whose image and inscription is this?”
They replied to him, “Caesar’s.”
So Jesus said to them,
“Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
and to God what belongs to God.”
They were utterly amazed at him.
Dear Father it is with trust in you, what I have to live by belongs to you but purchased by what belongs to the world. I serve you dear Father and ask for forgiveness for seeking the ways of Caesar. May my life imitate your Son's and bring to me everlasting joy for doing your will and giving back to you what you so richly have given me. Dearest Father may we all strive to come to you with thankfullness and love and give to you the love you so generously give to us. Amen