A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Monday 12 August

Deuteronomy 10:12-22; Psalm147; Matthew 17:22-27

The power of preconceived ideas

Both before and after the Transfiguration, Jesus predicts his death and resurrection. The disciples hear only the death, and are discouraged. They still expect Jesus to be an earthly king. Jesus uses the tax question to emphasise his true kingship. Kings pay no tax and demand none from their families. We are God’s family; ambassadors in the world. We cooperate with laws as good representatives of God. Everything comes from God, and God provides, even though, like Peter, we need to act to receive that provision for everyday life. How can I be a better ambassador for God?

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