- Monday, 13 August 2018 -
Monday of the Nineteenth week in Ordinary Time
Readings of day

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 Ambrose
"Then the subjects are exempt"

The apostle Paul says that creation waits for the revealing of the sons of God (Rm 8:19). This creation  is now subjected to futility not by its own will but in hope, because it takes hope in Christ… Because creation will be liberated from the slavery of corruption to be taken up into the liberty of the sons of God, so that when the future glory is revealed there will be but one liberty for both creation and the sons of God. But now, in truth, whilst this revelation is in daily expectation, the whole creation groans as it awaits the glory of our adoption and redemption… The meaning is plain enough: they who have the first-fruits of the Spirit groan in expectation of their adoption as sons (v.9f). Now, that adoption is the redemption of a whole body. That will come about when he sees face to face, as an adopted son of God, the divine and eternal goodness. Even so is the adoption of sons in the Church of the Lord, when the Spirit cries out, “Abba! Father!” (v.15). But that redemption will be perfect when all who are graced to see the face of God rise again in incorruptibility, honour and glory. Then indeed human nature will judge that it is redeemed. That is why the Apostle Paul makes his boast when he says, “In this hope we are saved” (v.24). Hope saves, as also does faith, of which it is said: “Your faith has saved you” (Mk 5:34).

Letter to Orontian, 35.4 to 6, 13 ; PL 16, 1078 (trans. breviary 5th Wednesday)