Good morning and welcome to our Daily Reflections session with Barry live from the Manse.
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Our reading today comes from Matthew 22:15-22.
Paying the poll-tax to Caesar
15 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. 16 They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. ‘Teacher,’ they said, ‘we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. 17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the poll-tax[a] to Caesar or not?’
18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, ‘You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.’ They brought him a denarius, 20 and he asked them, ‘Whose image is this? And whose inscription?’
21 ‘Caesar’s,’ they replied.
Then he said to them, ‘So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.’
22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.
We would just like to remind you of our Holy Week services, our Daily Reflections will continue as normal at 111 am, we would like to invite you to join us on Maundy Thursday at 7pm for our online Holy Communion service. Then on Good Friday our Deacon Jean Porter will host a special reflection session at 3pm. Then on Easter Sunday, Barry will host a sunrise service at 7am and then our Easter Sunday Worship Service at 11am. We hope you can join us for these services.
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