Dear children! My love seeks your complete and unconditional love, which will not leave you the same as you are, instead it will change you and teach you to trust in my Son. My children, with my love I am saving you and making you true witnesses of the goodness of my Son. Therefore, my children, do not be afraid to witness love in the name of my Son. Thank you. June 2, 2009
• Today’s Gospel reading (on tribute to Caesar) is interesting when considered in the light of today’s message. (Mark 12 : 13-17)
The denarius coin was stamped with the image and name of Caesar, Emperor of the World. Those asking the question of Jesus were made in the image of God, but had been conquered to serve the Empire. The Pharisees and Herodians also showed themselves to be counterfeit. Jesus recognised their hypocrisy when they attempted to trap him with their question. They had fallen into the ways of the world and become unrecognisable as people of God.
It is only when we give back to God what belongs to God (ourselves) that we can truly be identified as Christian by action and name.
To restore the image made dull and drab by the handling of the world requires much tender and loving care. The grubby coin needs to be polished and made clean again so that our image can give true witness to whom we belong. My children, with my love I am saving you and making you true witnesses of the goodness of my Son.