Honest Giving

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Even if others are not

Even if others will not

Even if others cannot.

That is a message from the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals. In today’s gospel, Jesus reminds us to be honest, saying, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” In other words, pay taxes to the government honestly and give to God abundantly. “He who walks honestly walks securely.” (Proverbs 10:9).

Taxes are the lifeblood of the government. Citizens of a country are obliged to pay taxes faithfully and honestly. Echoing the gospel, St. Paul wrote to the Romans (13: 6-7), “For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.” Thus, a truthful person is an honest one.

Our gospel today also adds, “Repay to God what belongs to God.” That means give to God as well. “Calling the disciples to Him, Jesus said to them, ‘Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on’”(Mk 12: 43-44). As Mother Teresa of Calcutta invited us, “Give, give until it hurts.”

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