I don’t know anyone who likes impossible questions. This is what Jesus finds himself facing in the Gospel this weekend with the question of paying taxes to a repressive government. Still he is able to find a clever response, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God.”
We’ve often heard the saying, “there is a reason for everything.” Not everyone, however, believes in a “bigger plan.” Its easier to think sometimes that everything is the result of chance and random events. As people of faith, we know better, but it is still a challenge. At times of peace and clarity God’s presence and plan for our world are not hard to see. When we are feeling discouraged or frustrated, God seems so far off.
Through our maturing faith, however, we can acknowledge even moments of hurt or loss as a gift with purpose and part of God’s greater plan. Knowing that God is ever present among us, we can learn to take the good with joy, and the bad in stride. Then even things like paying taxes won’t be able to bring us down.