Doesn’t Your Teacher Pay the Temple Tax?

“Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?”
Matthew 17:24-27 “in a snailshell”
Monday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax approached Peter and said, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” “Yes,” he said. When he came into the house, before he had time to speak, Jesus asked him, “What is your opinion, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take tolls or census tax? From their subjects or from foreigners?” When he said, “From foreigners,” Jesus said to him, “Then the subjects are exempt. But that we may not offend them, go to the sea, drop in a hook, and take the first fish that comes up. Open its mouth and you will find a coin worth twice the temple tax. Give that to them for me and for you.”

Matthew 17:24-27

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2 thoughts on “Doesn’t Your Teacher Pay the Temple Tax?

  1. cenaclemary12

    Pick your battles to fight;
    Don’t spend effort on spats.
    Take in the big picture.
    Hold a candle with light,
    Ask the Holy Spirit for grace.
    No need to win every race.


  2. fdan

    Dear GMC, thank you for your reflection. Did Jesus have a sense of humor here? Out of the mouth of a fish the Temple tax is rendered?? It seems that surrender, even though we may be right, brings peace and the last laugh!


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