29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Pharisees sent their disciples to Jesus, with the Herodians, saying…
In the Sunday Gospel of the Novus Ordo, we hear the question of the lawfulness of the tax put to Jesus by the Pharisees together with the Herodians. Not unlike today, there is much politicking at work behind the scenes.
Understanding the politic sects among the Jews of Jesus’ day will be of the greatest advantage in grasping what is at stake in this simple question: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not? We follow the statement of St. Jerome: “The prime virtue in one who gives an answer is to know that mind of him who asks the question.”