God’s Greatest Gift

06 June 2017
Tuesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Mk 12: 13-17

Some Pharisees and Herodians were sent
to Jesus to ensnare him in his speech.
They came and said to him,
“Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man
and that you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion.
You do not regard a person’s status
but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.
Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?
Should we pay or should we not pay?”
Knowing their hypocrisy he said to them,
“Why are you testing me?
Bring me a denarius to look at.”
They brought one to him and he said to them,
“Whose image and inscription is this?”
They replied to him, “Caesar’s.”
So Jesus said to them,
“Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
and to God what belongs to God.”
They were utterly amazed at him.

Reflection (Sem. Ramon C. Jamora, Junior)

I am made in the image and likeness of God. This line has been very common and familiar to me. Sometimes because of its frequent use, I find less impact whenever it is mentioned or being presented to me. I have thanked God for making me and sharing with me His likeness. What more can I say about myself, being made in the image and likeness of God?
Jesus was very literal in asking the Pharisees about whose image was molded in the denarius. Jesus simply made a practical reason for its ownership. On the surface, there is nothing much to what Jesus says about the denarius. It is logical and easy to understand that a thing that is marked with my name, inclusive of my face, is exactly be my possession.

And this gives more meaning when I say I am made in the image and likeness of God. If I am molded in God’s image and likeness then I am, first of all, God’s possession. I simply do not own myself.I am like the denarius whose worth is nothing if it be treated as an ordinary thing. It is just a simple metal or element. In itself, it is useless. But when given importance because of the markings of the emperor, it becomes a means to trade and acquire. It now has power and worth.

God’s sharing of His image and likeness to me gives me purpose and worth. My personhood will take nothing away from God. I am given dignity because of God’s image and likeness in me. I am not to treat myself as useless or worthless because God gives me the gift of Himself.

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