GOSPEL READING: LUKE 12:13-21
Man thinks that the earth is for his possession. Whatever is the produce of the earth is also for his possession. Man finds in the things his own security and safety. He thinks that wealth can buy happiness which he longs for. He wants to establish himself here on earth.
Man does not realize that his life is not in his control. Man can be called out at any moment. He will have to leave all these without any recourse to it. His safety and security will be gone in a fraction of a second. So the real, only and final security and safety is the Lord.
வாழ்வு பொருள்களில் இல்லை உடைமைகளில் இல்லை. இவை அனைத்தும் நம்மைவிட்டு போய்விடம் அல்லது நாம் அவைகளைவிட்டு அகன்றுவிடுவோம். வாழ்வு இறைவனின் கொடை. அவர்தான் நிலையானவர்.
GOSPEL READING: Mt 22: 15-21
Pharisees were against Jesus. They joined hands with anyone who would also fight against Jesus. They knew that Jesus was preaching the kingdom and all he said was true. They were trying to trap him to find fault with him. So far all what he said was true and they indirectly agree to what Jesus has taught and has done. There was truth in his speech and there was kindness, mercy, love in his deeds.
Paying tax to Rome would imply that he has taken side with the social force and acknowledged the Roman Empire. The Pharisees totally opposed Romans so also there were groups who opposed the presence of Romans in Israel and they were fighting against them. Since Jesus had not said anything about Romans they thought that he was on their side and hence they wanted him to answer openly and thus trap him.
Jesus’ answer pulled the carpet from under their feet. They did not expect this answer from. Jesus strongly rooted in God and for him God meant everything. Living in the society one cannot deny the society and the social and civil duties. That is why Jesus when prays for the Disciples in the Gospel of John, he would say that they (disciples) are in the world but do not belong to the world.
இயேசுவின் பேச்சிலும் செயலிலும் குற்றம் கண்டுபிடிக்க விரும்புபவர்கள்தான் பரிசேயர்கள். ஆனால் இயேசு கடவுளை மையமாகக் கொண்டு தன் வாழ்வை நடத்துபவர். கடவுள் முன்னிலை படுத்தப்பட்டபின் தவறுகள் நடப்பதற்கு வாய்ப்புகள் இல்லை.