WE ARE STAMPED IN HIS IMAGE
In the beautiful mind of Jesus each one of us is make in the image of God and belongs to our heavenly Father. We rightfully belong, not to ourselves, but to God our Father
In today's reading from Mark, Jesus is questioned by the Pharisees and Herodians. They arrange this encounter with Jesus not to engage in open conversation over the matter of the law, but rather to pose a dilemma to test Jesus. They try to ensnare him and trick him into making a statement they could use against Him. If Jesus says that one does not have to pay the census tax, He breaks the civil law. If He says that the census tax should be paid, He breaks the religious law. Jesus, a master at getting out of these situations and turning the tables on the questioners, chooses neither of these options. Instead He has them produce a secular coin, and drawing their attention to this image says simply, "Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God." They are amazed, but they do not fully comprehend Jesus' response.
In the beautiful mind of Jesus each one of us is make in the image of God and belongs to our heavenly Father. We rightfully belong, not to ourselves, but to God our Father who created us and redeemed us through Christ Jesus His Son.
In the Responsorial we acclaim, "The heart of the just one is firm, trusting in the Lord" (Ps 112.) For our God lavishly gives to us and His generosity shall endure always. Trusting in the grace of God, we will find joy in keeping His law and compassionately helping those most in need. God has called each of us to be "a just person" for we are all stamped in His image!
Give to God what rightfully belongs to Him.