O Jesus, you have made me a child of God and a citizen of heaven.
Picture Jesus with his disciples, privately in a house.
This is a unique little story, whose meaning can easily be lost. In Jesus’ time, Roman citizens paid no taxes. Rome was supported by non-citizens paying taxes. Jesus, as a Son of God, claims freedom from the taxes and extends that freedom even to his apostles. Because others do not yet understand this new freedom, Jesus has Peter pay the tax to avoid scandal.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- The story deals with Jesus being obedient to Jewish rules.
- Christians are true Jews, true sons of Abraham.
- However, they are not under Jewish laws (symbolized by the taxes).
- Jesus has made them children of God.
- They enjoy the “freedom of sons and daughters.”
- To avoid scandal, Jesus and Peter will pay the tax. However, the Heavenly Father provides the coin.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, you will lead me out from unnecessary burdens.
- Heavenly Father, I am your child, called to live with you forever.
- O Jesus, I am free. You have made me a child of God.
- O Lord, never let me scandalize anyone. Teach me to be sensitive to other’s beliefs.
- Father, you provide for all my needs.
Resolution: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will ponder the great freedom I enjoy in Christ.
+ I will never misuse that freedom.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)
The sons are free. They need not pay the tax.