Monday August 14, 2017
(Saint Maximilian Kolbe)
|Deuteronomy 10:12-22; Matthew 17:22-27|
What belong to the state should be given to the state. Jesus paid tax like any Jews. His miraculous way of banking is surprising. He asked Peter to fish and the first fish came out with money. Jesus would have made it simple by looking up to heaven and asking it rain dollars but he did not. Instead he showed the importance of working. You have to work to earn and from your earnings pay the revenue.
At the same time he points out the kind of death that await him. Jesus did not lie low and watch the evil taking roots in the society in the name of to stay in term with the government and be favoured to evade tax. That is bribe talked by the writter of Deuteronomy. Jesus paid tax and therefore had right to condemn when services are denied. He did not fear because he knew he was serving God.
Pastors of souls should not compromise the truth to please people. The truth will always be bitter for many to swallow but remains the truth. The truth is that the Circumcision of the heart then and be obstinate no longer. Obstinate of heart is pride and pride has no success neither in this life nor in the next.
The love of another person does not mean compromising either. A true love is the love that can tell the truth even if it hurt. A love that warn or correct the other in evil.
Maxilliam Kolbe is a good example in our modern society. He stood firm against the Nazist. His love for other made him sacrifice his life by taking the place of the family man.
When I see men in my motherland doing down and nobody is standing by the truth is a pity. The so called apostolic letters reach to few people. Men of the cloak need to do more. Tell the truth don’t speak from the blues like us insignificant men in social media. Don’t call media like activists but call the concerned people and speak sense to them without fear. That is the cost of discipleship. Form the conscience of the people and let the law not be utopic but engraved in each and every heart.
St. Therese of Lisieux, pray for us.