Today’s Gospel reading is from the famous passage where Jesus tells his followers to “Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” Below I’ve provided an excerpt from Marcellino D’Ambrosio on the reading. You can click through and read the rest HERE.
Consider the circumstances. They are living under the iron boot of a brutal empire which filled the earth with its idolatry. Patriotic Jews longed to throw off the yoke of the tyrants. They prayed for an anointed king who would free them from the Romans as David had freed them from the Philistines. Anyone advocating collaboration with the invaders could not possibly be the hoped-for Messiah. No, he would appear as a traitor. But on the other hand, anyone preaching resistance to Rome would be branded an enemy of the Empire and would wind up suspended from a cross.