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Liturgical day: Monday 19th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 17,22-27): The Temple tax collectors came to Peter and asked him, «Does your master pay the temple tax?». He answered, «Certainly». Peter then entered the house, but immediately Jesus asked him, «What do you think, Simon? Who pay taxes or tributes to the kings of the earth: their sons or the other people?». On day when they were together in Galilee, Jesus said to his disciples, «The Son of Man will be delivered into human hands, and they will kill him. But He will rise on the third day». The Twelve were deeply grieved.

When they returned to Capernaum, the Temple tax collectors came to Peter and asked him, «Does your master pay the temple tax?». He answered, «Certainly». Peter then entered the house, but immediately Jesus asked him, «What do you think, Simon? Who pay taxes or tributes to the kings of the earth: their sons or the other people?». Peter replied, «The others». And Jesus told him, «The sons, then, are tax-free. But so as not to offend these people, go to the sea, throw in a hook and open the mouth of the first fish you catch. You will find a coin in it, take it and let it pay for you and for me».

Today we envision an almost surreal situation: man claiming taxes from God. The King of kings paying taxes! Does it make any sense? He has given us everything, even His own life. Would not rather be up to us to pay tribute to Him?

-Jesus does not go through life pretending to be God. He has become Man and He is consistent: He does what all the rest do. But let us not forget that He is actually God, and that the greatest tribute He paid was his own Blood!