I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Monday, August 8, 2016

Reflection for Monday August 8, Saint Dominic, Priest; Matthew 17:22-27

Gospel: Matthew 17:22-27
As Jesus and his disciples were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men, and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were overwhelmed with grief.

When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax approached Peter and said, “Does not 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.”
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Do you generously give to your church?

The gospel speaks about the payment of the temple tax. Even if they were exempted from paying the temple tax Jesus still instructed Peter to pay the temple tax. Perhaps Jesus did this for the reason that He wants to contribute something for the maintenance of the church and its facilities.

This generous payment of the temple tax by Jesus somehow invites us to examine our generosity to our church as well.  Are we generous to our church? Do we give generously at Holy Mass during offertory?

We have to be generous to our church so that it can have funds not only for the maintenance of its facilities. But also for the welfare of those who are working for the church. The money that we give to the church is not only for the church it is also for the poor.

We may  not know this but the church takes care of the poor, the church doesn’t blare it but it silently help the poor and those who are in need. Therefore we have to generously give to our church and whatever we give to our church will come back to us a hundredfold.  

What may come back to us may not necessarily be through financial rewards. It can be peace and harmony in the family; it can be good health and many more blessing that does not involve money.  

Do you generously give to your church and to those who are doing something to spread the words of God? – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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