by Linda Cernik, Notre Dame Associate
“Repay to Caesar what belongs to him” - the coin with Caesar’s image. “Repay to God what belongs to God” - the human person stamped with God’s image. All that we are and have belongs to God. We are called to give ourselves to God and to God’s people. We can do this by loving and serving especially the least among us, as Jesus did. If we rely on God’s power and the Spirit’s guidance we can accomplish this challenge.
Jesus is also reminding us it is our duty as Christians to pay taxes and influence elected officials through frequent contacts. It is our Christian duty to make sure our officials maintain law and order and promote the welfare of our citizens without violating God’s laws. In this day and age, a huge challenge indeed.
The collect for Sunday –“Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always conform our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”
In so praying, we ask to be in the midst of the economy of God’s salvation, offering ourselves as coinage carrying God’s image.