Saint Matthew 17:22-27.
Book of Deuteronomy 10:12-22.
"And now, Israel, what does the LORD, your God, ask of you but to fear the LORD, your God, and follow his ways exactly, to love and serve the LORD, your God, with all your heart and all your soul,
to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD which I enjoin on you today for your own good?
Think! The heavens, even the highest heavens, belong to the LORD, your God, as well as the earth and everything on it.
Yet in his love for your fathers the LORD was so attached to them as to choose you, their descendants, in preference to all other peoples, as indeed he has now done.
Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and be no longer stiff-necked.
For the LORD, your God, is the God of gods, the LORD of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who has no favorites, accepts no bribes;
who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and befriends the alien, feeding and clothing him.
So you too must befriend the alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt.
The LORD, your God, shall you fear, and him shall you serve; hold fast to him and swear by his name.
He is your glory, he, your God, who has done for you those great and terrible things which your own eyes have seen.
Your ancestors went down to Egypt seventy strong, and now the LORD, your God, has made you as numerous as the stars of the sky.Psalms 147:12-13.14-15.19-20.
Glorify the LORD, Jerusalem; Zion, offer praise to your God,
Who has strengthened the bars of your gates, blessed your children within you,
Brought peace to your borders, and filled you with finest wheat.
The LORD sends a command to earth; his word runs swiftly!
The LORD also proclaims his word to Jacob, decrees and laws to Israel.
God has not done this for other nations; of such laws they know nothing. Hallelujah!Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 17:22-27.
As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is to be handed over to men,
and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day." And they were overwhelmed with grief.
When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax approached Peter and said, "Doesn't your teacher pay the temple tax?"
Yes, he said. When he came into the house, before he had time to speak, Jesus asked him, "What is your opinion, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take tolls or census tax? From their subjects or from foreigners?"
When he said, "From foreigners," Jesus said to him, "Then the subjects are exempt.
But that we may not offend them, go to the sea, drop in a hook, and take the first fish that comes up. Open its mouth and you will find a coin worth twice the temple tax. Give that to them for me and for you."Commentary of the day
Saint Pacian of Barcelona (?-c.390), Bishop
Homily on Baptism, 7
Set free by the Son of Man who was handed over into the hands of men
All peoples have been set free from the powers that held them captive
by our Lord Jesus Christ. He it is – yes, he! – who has redeemed us. As
the apostle Paul says: «Having forgiven all our transgressions,
obliterating the bond against us, nailing it to the cross, he despoiled
the principalities and powers, he made a public spectacle of them,
leading them away in triumph,» (Col 2,13-15). He has set the captives
free and broken our bonds, as David said: «The Lord secures justice for
the oppressed; the Lord sets captives free; the Lord gives sight to the
blind.» And again: «You have loosed my bonds; to you I will offer
sacrifice of thanksgiving,» (Pss. 146,7-8; 116.16-17).
Yes, we have been released from our bonds, those of us who have been
brought together at the Lord's call by the sacrament of baptism...; we
have been set free by the blood of Christ and the invocation of his
name... And so, my beloved, we were washed by the waters of baptism once
for all; once for all we were set free; once for all we were welcomed
into the undying Kingdom. Once for all, «Blessed are they whose
iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered,» (Ps32.1; Rom
4,7). Bravely hold fast to what you have received; keep it to your own
happiness; sin no more. From henceforth, keep yourselves pure and
without fault for the day of the Lord.