So they watched him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on his words, in order to deliver him to the power and the authority of the governor.
Then they asked him, saying, “Teacher, we know that you say and teach rightly, and you do not show personal favoritism, but teach the way of God in truth: Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them, “Why do you test me? Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?”
They answered and said, “Caesar’s.”
And he said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
But they could not catch him in his words in the presence of the people. And they marveled at his answer and kept silent. (Luke 20:20-26)
Holy Father, we are stamped with your image: you have made us and we are yours, help us give ourselves to you daily.
Jesus, help your people to hear your word to them: help us by your Holy Spirit to cheerfully give ourselves into your service and go out into the harvest fields.
Holy Spirit, let your refining fire come into us and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.
Holy Trinity, one God, silence all those who try to bring confusion into the church.
A word received 6/12/11: Look to me. I AM able to do what you cannot.
Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; 1 Samuel 1:21-2:11 Acts 1:15-26 Luke 20:19-26
Wednesday: 119:97-120 * 81, 82; 1 Samuel 2:12-26 Acts 2:1-21 Luke 20:27-40