Monday, December 07, 2015

Ambrose: the contract of faith

Monday, December 7, 2015
    Feast of Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, Teacher, 397
    “Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
    [Jesus] saw through their duplicity and said to them, “Show me a denarius. Whose portrait and inscription are on it?”
    “Caesar’s,” they replied.
    He said to them, “Then give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
    —Luke 20:22-25 (NIV)
    Be unwilling then, if thou wouldest not offend Caesar, to possess worldly goods. And thou rightly teachest, first to render the things which be Caesar’s. For no one can be the Lord’s unless he has first renounced the world. Oh most galling chain! To promise to God, and pay not. Far greater is the contract of faith than that of money.
    ... St. Ambrose of Milan (Aurelius Ambrosius) (339-397), Catena aurea, v. III, part 2, Thomas Aquinas, p. 663 (see the book)
    See also Luke 20:19-26; John 15:19; Acts 4:34-35; 5:1-11; Rom. 12:2; Col. 3:1-2; 1 Tim. 6:10; 1 John 2:15
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, help me to place what I have at Your disposal.
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