October 15, 2011
29th Sunday - A (October 16, 2011)
Matthew 22: 15 - 21
Words and Actions
It is quite obvious that Jesus' opponents words and actions contradicted each other.
In order to trap Jesus, they betrayed their own principles. The Pharisees, who claimed absolute loyalty to the traditions of the ancestors, joined forces of the Herodians, who betrayed their own nation, and worked with the Romans to be in power.
The Pharisees knew that the alliance was not good for their reputation. This might have been the reason why they themselves did not go to Jesus themselves with their trick question. Rather, they sent their disciples .
Jesus, on the contrary, is always consistent in his words and actions. In fact, his whole life is the revelation of the eternal truth - God. His words and actions bring to humanity God's love and salvation.
How do I live my life as a child of God in my words and actions?
 Francis J. Moloney, S.D.B., The Gospel of the Lord: Reflections of the Gospel Readings - Year A. Homebush, Australia: St. Paul Publications, 1992; p. 186.