Holy Week Tuesday

Jerusalem Old City

In Jerusalem for his third day, Jesus spends his time teaching in the Temple where the wary chief priests ask him, without direct success, by what authority he acts and speaks.

The most famous incident is the trick question from the Pharisees asking whether they should pay taxes to Caesar.

Holding up a coin , Jesus says: “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what belongs to God.”

This is what Christians remember when they have to disobey a law which goes against Christian teaching –such situations arose in Nazi Germany and communist states.

He also pointed out the old lady putting two small value coins in the collecting box saying: “This poor widow has put in more than all who have contributed to the treasury; for they have all put in money they had over, but she from the little she had has put in everything she possessed, all she had to live on.”

Later, when sitting on the Mount of Olives, Jesus begins a long discourse.  In the evening Jesus and his small party almost certainly return to Bethany for the night.

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