I remember playing Monopoly for hours and cringing when pulling a card that demanded I pay the bank some money. I like buying properties, especially railroads, much, much more. We would wile away rainy summer days trying to win at being rich and controlling. Today, I still wince when I look at the taxes we pay. I also know that children get educated, streets are safer, elders have care - these taxes provide needed services and support for us all.
Jesus is being entrapped again. The religious leaders wanted to catch him in a legal battle. They wanted him to show his heresy by saying the emperor was the highest law, or get him into legal trouble by saying taxes didn't need to be paid. His answer to them was really, "grow up!" As adults were are expected to participate fully in our common life, support our local and national communities. We are also expected to participate fully in our religious communities, local and world wide. God invites us to understand healthy faith as being present and real to both God and community.
Today I ask God to help me be grateful to take my place and do my part for the support of our communities. May we all be dedicated to a life of service, not withdrawing but fully present carry the Lord of God wherever we go.