The following letter was found in the files on the Internal Revenue Service. No one likes to pay taxes. Even though we realize the government needs to operate, we want to keep taxes low. We want to give the government the least amount of money we can. Although the gospel seems to be about taxes, it is about much more. Those who question Jesus try to trap him by asking him whether a good Jew should pay the tax to the emperor or not. If he says they should, he will alienate many of his followers who are opposed to supporting the oppressive Roman Empire that occupies their land. If he says they should not, he risks trouble with Rome, which is something you would not want to do. He then says you can give that coin to the emperor as long as you give to God what belongs to God.
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So, his pastor went to visit him with the hope of getting him to increase his donation. The pastor pointed out to him that the Lord had given him a fertile piece of land and had blessed him with sunshine and rain so that his crops would grow. You should be more grateful. He prayed and prayed until he convinced the Lord to let him bring his wealth inside the Pearly Gates.
Catholic Readings for the Second Week of Advent
God speaks to us in many ways, including through the Sunday Scripture readings. The Sunday Connection provides useful background and activities to better understand the upcoming Sunday's Scripture readings, helping you to connect the Scripture to daily life in a meaningful way. First Reading Isaiah Through his suffering, the servant of Yahweh will justify many. Second Reading Hebrews Jesus is the high priest who sympathizes with our weakness. Gospel Reading Mark shorter form Mark Jesus teaches that those who wish to be great must be the servant of all. Last Sunday we heard Jesus lament the particular challenges those with many possessions face in order to enter the Kingdom of God. Jesus then predicts his passion to the Twelve, who are amazed and afraid.
Somehow, Jesus saw straight through this. His answer was not just clever. It had a very basic message that we often forget—God is in control, not us! If we are faithful to God, and work within our situation, God will do the rest. So how does God work within any situation? Our first reading today tells the story of what happened to the Israelites under the emperor Cyrus. Wanting to be seen as tolerant and good, Cyrus allows the Israelites to return home and he helps them to rebuild their temple.