29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the Gospel today, Jesus' opponents want Him SILENCED! They set a trap for Him in the form of both a political and religious kenundrum of the time: the census tax of Caesar. Jesus skillfully beats them at their own game, refusing to be silenced. Present day opponents of Christ and His Good News are seeking to silence the voice of Christ in this world by silencing us. Whether it's the pressure to keep Jesus and religion out of politics, a false understanding of "separation of church and state", the temptation to understand faith as simply a personal matter, or the lie that it's harmful to impose our beliefs on others, opponents of Jesus are trying to silence the voice of Christ. Jesus wouldn't be silenced by His opponents and we as His Body won't be silenced either! Proclaim your faith, O Christian, because the world needs your voice!