It is a trap, cleverly set for Jesus. If Jesus says “Yes, pay your taxes” he alienates his base. If he says “No, refuse to pay Caesar’s tax” he incites the Romans…
It is October in St. Louis, and sadly, for Cardinals fans, it is not a red October. We are not in the playoffs.
When my nephews were young children, I watched an interesting interplay at a family gathering.
My good friend from my grad school years, Mary, did some volunteer work in Houston after graduation, and there met and then married a man named Sam Clark from Longview, Texas.
It is a strange story, today’s gospel. Like many of Jesus’ stories, there are levels at which you can read them.
Guilty or not guilty? I am not talking about Officer Stockley here. I am talking about us.
It never feels like you are losing your life in those moments, does it? It never feels like a choice against Jesus or against God or the Holy Spirit.
If you have ever been to a gathering where you don’t know too many people, then you know how important a good introduction is.
It was hard to watch the news this week, wasn’t it? To see the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia? The white supremacists and Neo-Nazi’s chanting…
If humor among the disciples is anything like humor at the seminary, than I can easily imagine the 11 apostle’s teasing Simon about his nickname “Petrus” – rock, because of this story.