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Monday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

My dear encountered couples:

God provides. At least that’s what Jesus firmly believed. When he was approached for his taxes, he sent Peter to catch a fish and find in its mouth sufficient money to pay the taxes owed by both of them. Would that we could be so fortunate!

What I think Jesus is trying to tell us is not that we might win the lottery or find some buried treasure that will solve all our money problems, not that we will inherit a fortune from someone we don’t even know, or that the IRS will lose our name. He is trying to make us aware that for those who love God and try to do what is right, God will provide and take care of them. Though we never arrive at having more than enough money in the bank to take care of us for the rest of our lives, God will see to it that somehow, we make it through and come out better for all the problems and hard work.

Will God pay our bills? No! Will he see to it that the government takes care of us? Not necessarily. How about the boss giving us a raise? Maybe! The point is not for us to worry and fret over. We are to pray as if all our care and feeding depends on God, and then work like busy little beavers as if all depends on us. The two combined will somehow take care of everything.

“The collectors of the temple tax approached Peter and said, ‘Does your master not pay the temple tax?’ ‘Of course, he does,’ replied Peter. Then Jesus told him, ‘Go to the lake, throw in a line, and take out the first fish you catch. Open its mouth and you will discover there a coin worth twice the temple tax. Take it and give it to them for you and me.”

God takes care of all of us, maybe not as dramatically, but you’ve gotten this far, haven’t you? Trust him to take you the rest of the way!

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