Monday, August 12, 2013

Gospel Reflection

August 12, 2013
Monday – Year of Faith – Ordinary Time
by Rev. Fr. Remo P. Bati, SDB - Parish Priest, San Ildefonso Parish Church, A. Arnaiz Avenue, Makati
6:30PM Mass, San Ildefonso Parish Church

Reading 1 Dt 10:12-22

Moses said to the people: “And now, Israel, what does the LORD, your God, ask of you but to fear the LORD, your God, and follow his ways exactly, to love and serve the LORD, your God, with all your heart and all your soul, to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD which I enjoin on you today for your own good? Think! The heavens, even the highest heavens, belong to the LORD, your God, as well as the earth and everything on it. Yet in his love for your fathers the LORD was so attached to them as to choose you, their descendants, in preference to all other peoples, as indeed he has now done. Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and be no longer stiff-necked. For the LORD, your God, is the God of gods, the LORD of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who has no favorites, accepts no bribes; who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and befriends the alien, feeding and clothing him. So you too must befriend the alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt. The LORD, your God, shall you fear, and him shall you serve; hold fast to him and swear by his name. He is your glory, he, your God, who has done for you those great and terrible things which your own eyes have seen. Your ancestors went down to Egypt seventy strong, and now the LORD, your God, has made you as numerous as the stars of the sky.”

Responsorial Psalm PS 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20

R. (12a) Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
Glorify the LORD, O Jerusalem;
praise your God, O Zion.
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates;
he has blessed your children within you.
R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
He has granted peace in your borders;
with the best of wheat he fills you.
He sends forth his command to the earth;
swiftly runs his word!
R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
He has proclaimed his word to Jacob,
his statutes and his ordinances to Israel.
He has not done thus for any other nation;
his ordinances he has not made known to them. Alleluia.
R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.

Gospel Mt 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.”


Noong panahon ni Hesus, ang mga Hudyo at mga mamamayan ay ipinagbabayad ng buwis. Ngunit ang mga Hudyo ay may karagdagang ibinabayad na buwis, at ito ay ang buwis na ibinabayad para sa templo.

Alam natin na si Hesus ay hindi kailangang magbayad ng buwis, sapagkat Siya ang Anak ng Ama. Ngunit upang sumunod sa batas, ang ginawa ni Hesus ay inutusan niya si Pedro na kunin ang dalawang pilak mula sa bibig ng unang isdang mahuhuli ni Pedro, at ito ang kanilang ipambabayad ng buwis. In other words, it was simply out of good example that Jesus abided by the law of paying the temple tax, to avoid scandal.

We also know that when Jesus was still young, he was presented by his parents, Mary and Joseph, in the temple. They followed tradition at hiningi nila ang bendisyon para kay Hesus.

Yan po ang magandang halimbawa na ipinapakita sa atin ng Panginoon. God is reminding us to follow the law, and to do it, because of love.