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Matthew [17:22-27] Jesus Again Foretells His Death and Resurrection, Jesus and the Temple Tax Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 17,22-27. As Jesus and his disciples were gatherin…More
Matthew [17:22-27] Jesus Again Foretells His Death and Resurrection, Jesus and the Temple Tax

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 17,22-27.

As Jesus and his disciples 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."

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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[145]:7-8; 116[115]: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,” (Ps 32[31]: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.