Matthew 22:15-21

Paying Taxes

That’s when the Pharisees plotted a way to trap him into saying something damaging. They sent their disciples, with a few of Herod’s followers mixed in, to ask, “Teacher, we know you have integrity, teach the way of God accurately, are indifferent to popular opinion, and don’t pander to your students. So tell us honestly: Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

Jesus knew they were up to no good. He said, “Why are you playing these games with me? Why are you trying to trap me? Do you have a coin? Let me see it.” They handed him a silver piece.

“This engraving—who does it look like? And whose name is on it?”

They said, “Caesar.”

“Then give Caesar what is his, and give God what is his.”

Reflection

Recently I and many others, got to visit Turin for an event called Confronto which encouraged us to share the vision, feel the passion and work in the Mission of Don Bosco and the Salesian Congregation.

While we were there we got to see how the Salesian Congregation began. It all started with one small chapel in the centre of Turin. Nearly 300 people got to attend and it was a great experience and a great example of how the mission had grown in over 150 years.

Over the week we were introduced to a song from Malta. And it became an unofficial song of the programme. But it highlighted one of the most important aspects of our Mission.

We are one Family!

And as One Family, we can’t let hate drive us apart. The only thing that can build us to be stronger, is Love. And we need to be sharing it now, more than ever.

Jonny Dearden

Salesian Youth Ministry Volunteer

Prayer

Lord

 

As we reflect on our mission,

 

Remind us that we are all one family.

One United family.

Help us to recognise, Through all the hate, that there is goodness that you provide around every corner.

Walk with us in our mission, and Help us to avoid the traps that may block our path.

 

Amen