Give back to Ceasar what is Cesarís and to God what is Godís

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Give back to Ceasar what is Cesarís and to God what is Godís

Give back to Ceasar what is Cesarís and to God what is Godís Catholic Gospels - Matthew, Luke, Mark, John - Inspirations of the Holy Spirit Matthew 22:15-21

15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said.
16 So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality.
17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?"
18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, "Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites?
19 Show me the coin used for the tax." And they brought him a denarius.
20 Then he said to them, "Whose head is this, and whose title?"
21 They answered, "The emperor's." Then he said to them, "Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's."
(NRSV)

Inspiration of the Holy Spirit - From the Sacred Heart of Jesus

29th Sunday in ordinary time - Give back to Ceasar what is Cesarís and to God what is Godís For as long as you live in this world you are subject to the laws of the countries where you are. All authority comes from God who desires the world to live in order. This does not mean that all laws are perfect, in fact due to the wickedness of men many laws are no longer inspired by the laws of God but are full of corruption.

And yet you must submit to the authorities and respect the laws of your country in order to live in peace. So far so good, for this reason many people donít break the law for fear of having to pay fines or to be imprisoned.

But if it is important to respect the law of the land, for the sake of peace, is it not more important to respect the law of God for Godís sake and for your own sake too?

Right from the very beginning disobedience entered the world through the original sin of your first parents; this caused the divine justice to act by taking away the gifts of Paradise and brought man to a new life of exile and alienation from God.

Because of the seriousness of the offense, all human beings have inherited the sin of Adam and Eve, and by coming into the world are subject to the law of God in order to be justified by obedience.

My Heavenly Father has sent me into the world to undo the curse of paradise, which took away your gift to live eternally and happily. I have come to remove your sins and to make you worthy of restoration. Therefore all human beings are invited to the new heavenly paradise, which I opened to the world with my death and resurrection.

And just as you must please the authorities on earth, you must please God with your behavior. I have come to teach you the way to life by keeping the commandments and by following me.

Give to everyone the consideration and respect they deserve, but always place God above men and above all things. Give to God what belongs to God.

Give to God all the kingdom, the power and the glory. Offer to Him all riches and honors and praise, to Him all blessings, affections and heartbeats, since He has provided everything for you.

Author: Joseph of Jesus and Mary

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