United States Conference of Secular institutes


Saints Pontian and Hippolytus

Matthew 17:22-27

There are times when it is right to make a stand, to confront injustice and to challenge the ways of the world. This doesn’t appear to be one of those occasions, and Jesus has no objection to paying a lawful tax. Jesus knows his own need for a period of rest before he has to face the challenges to come about which he has just been talking to his disciples. How comforting to see the humanity of an exhausted Jesus just wanting a bit of peace and quiet before facing the trials ahead. Quiet times and periods of reflection and prayer are important for all of us.