What is amazing?

The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul, Tuesday, Week IX, Year II, 02 June 2020

2 Peter 3:12-15, 17-18 <*(((>< ooo 0 ooo ><)))*> Mark 12:13-17

Sunrise at our Parish. Photo by Ms. Ria De Vera, May 2020.

Sometimes, Lord, I refuse to use the word “amazing” for it is not totally something about good and beautiful. Though, the word is truly amazing, most often what amazes us can often vary depending on our focus and orientation.

Some Pharisees and Herodians were sent to Jesus to ensnare him in his speech. They came and said to him, “Teacher…Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” 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.

Mark 12:13-17

What and why were they amazed at you, Lord Jesus?

Was it because of your brilliant answer to their question they have thought so tricky enough to catch you? If that were so, it was not really so amazing because your answer did not stop them from seeking other ways of ensnaring you.

Different things amaze people. And most often, what amazes us are not necessarily good and could even be sinister of something deeper and darker than what it seems to be on the surface.

What was more amazing for me, Lord – this time in a negative sense – was for them to even ask you that question.

Photo by author, Mt. St. Paul Spirituality Center in La Trinidad, Benguet, February 2020.

Did they not realize the answer before, which they already knew and have already been practicing before: paying the census taxes as subjects of the Caesar and giving contributions to the temple as faithful children of God?

If that were so, Lord, I am more amazed today that it is still happening in our own time when our government officials have refused anew our request to partially open churches and other houses of worship for the spiritual nourishment of the people.

How amazing that until now, there are people who prefer to look after the material well-being of others than their spiritual needs especially at this time of the pandemic.

How amazing, Lord, that they would rather open stores and shops to stimulate economic growth, forgetting that more important is the spiritual nourishment people are so hungry and thirsty these days.

Is it more amazing, Lord, when we continue to take you for granted even at critical moments like this as if we have never learned in history?

Help us, Jesus, to “grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. to him be glory now and to the day of eternity.” (2 Peter 3:18).

Teach us, O Lord, that what is truly amazing is to always find you as the most important even in the most minute details of our lives. Amen.

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