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Give Unto Caesar

"Give unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are Gods" (Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost. Matthew 22:21) has entered the popular vernacular. But do we really want to know what it means? For everything belongs to God and therefore there is no neat or convenient distinction between the sacred and the secular, the religious and the political, or what is the Emperor's and the Lord's. It is all one: the successful and the endangered, the safe and the violated, the rock solid and the swept away. And so with those who were disciples of Christ we choose to feed on the word and share our bread; to risk ourselves and to be vulnerable with others; to worship and serve God seeing the face of Christ in everyone who we meet.

This week we have one of those moments I wish I’d witnessed in person – this ancient text, many times translated, still sparkles with the brilliance of the repartee, the sharpness of the retort. It has become part of popular culture quoted well beyond the walls of churches and theological colleges. “ 'Tell us then, what you think. Is it law