June 5, 2018 Tuesday of the 9th Week in Ordinary Time—B ST BONIFACE, BISHOIP, MARTYR

2 Peter 3:12-15, 17-18

Psalm 90

Mark 12:13-17

“Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”  Mk. 12:17

Lord, you told those who were attempting to trap you to seek a balance in their obligations.  The brutal occupation of the Roman Empire was a reality the Jews had to face at the time.  As much as they resented paying the tax, it was required of them.  Civic duty is a good thing and contributes to the common good of our society.  So, what do we repay to God?  What of ours belongs to you?  It’s hard to think of anything that ultimately doesn’t come from God.  Life, family, health, wealth, talents and gifts all have you as their source.  I tend to think that my achievements are mine alone.  But without you willing me success in my work, I would have nothing.  Lord, I’m so grateful for every breath I take and every beat of my heart.  Every day that I see the sun and experience your grace is a blessing.  May I use what you have given me for your glory and not mine.   Help me work for a balance in my life between temporal responsibilities and giving you the praise and thanksgiving you deserve.  Amen.