Gospel Reflection — Mark 12:13-17
We’ve all heard this story before, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” We applaud Jesus on His clever response and we move on. But what I want to call attention to is the malice with which Jesus was approached. These people come with a question, but really they come looking for a way to trap Him. They do not come with questions so that they may learn something, nor because they care about the answer, but the question becomes a sword to attack the person. The Pharisees and Herodians have come with questions because they hate Jesus. I mean, just look at who it is that’s teamed up here. The Pharisees and Herodians were at war with one another, but they are bonded together by a common enemy, and so are able to work together.
When we look at the Church today, we see this same kind of tactic often used to try and take down the Church. Pointed questions towards the Church’s teaching are made, not because of any genuine desire to learn, grow and discover, but as a means of attack. Now sometimes, when confronted with these kinds of questions, we may feel personally under attack. But the one who is truly under attack is Jesus. I think we need to remember this when we are in these kinds of situations. Someone who is on a mission to attack and disprove the teachings or actions of the Church actually has, at root, a problem with Jesus. For whatever reason, there is some kind of hurt, or misunderstanding, or fear, or anger (etc) with the Person of Jesus. It is not really an answer to the question that they need, but rather a new encounter with Christ.
Posted on June 5, 2012, in Catholic, Orthodoxy, Scripture and tagged accuse, attack, church teaching, help, herodians, Jesus, pharisees, pointing fingers, upset. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.