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Theo Tigno
6/4/2012 12:47 pm

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Tuesday, June 5th 2012
Mark 12:13-17

Some Pharisees and Herodians were sent to Jesus to ensnare him in his speech. They came and said to him, "Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you are not concerned with anyone's opinion. You do not regard a person's status but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not? Should we pay or should we not pay?" Knowing their hypocrisy he said to them, "Why are you testing me? Bring me a denarius to look at." They brought one to him and he said to them, "Whose image and inscription is this?" They replied to him, "Caesar's." So Jesus said to them, "Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God." They were utterly amazed at him.

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Today's prayer intention - for an end to abortion and the use of contraception.

It takes trust to give.

When I think about buying something online, there is a certain amount of diligence that is needed in order to trust that you will be paid. It's even that way with this email list: you gave me your email with the hope that I am trustworthy. Thank you for your trust.

It takes a lot of trust to give something we think is valuable. We hope that the person we entrust our valuables to is someone who is of good character. It takes knowing that person to in order to trust their character. Most of the friends I know who have children are very diligent when it comes to finding baby sitters for their children.

Do we know Our Lord enough to be confident that He is trustworthy? It is hard to trust our lives over to Him if we are uncertain what He has in store for us. It is hard to trust our lives if we do not know how He works.

I think that I am someone who is confident in Our Lord's ways, yet it is hard to "give to God what belongs to God." Maybe a part of it is that I am not aware of what truly belongs to Him. Maybe another part of it is that I unjustly think of things in terms of "what is mine" versus "what is Our Lord's".

We can know that we are made in His image and likeness. We can know that all good things in our lives are from Him. If we give it to Him, would He take it away from us or does He share it with us? If it is truly good, I cannot imagine Him taking it away unless it is not good for us. If, therefore, we offer what is His back to Him, and He allows us to continue to have it for our good, aren't we then working, in a unique way, in union with God?

When we give money to the government, many times it is to fix roads which we drive on. Aren't good roads a good for us? If God, Who has knowledge beyond our understanding, is given something far more valuable than currency, wouldn't He do something greater than provide good roads?

If it is difficult to trust in Our Lord, give that to Him to, and see what He does with it. Take care and God Bless.

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