Tonight was the last Pre-Sanctified Liturgy before Pascha. It’s hard to believe Lent is almost over. I must admit, I am fatigued. And I am experiencing a big disconnect since Pascha is so far past Easter.
After our small repast of soup and salad, the last scheduled speaker talked on the last verse in the Prayer of St. Ephriem. His central thought was on not judging others because when we do, we really pass judgement on ourselves for we show our pharisaical nature. He also reminded us to whom we belong; to God.
He used the illustration of Matthew 22:17-21 which says, “Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, “Why do you test Me, you hypocrites? Show Me the tax money.” So they brought Him a denarius. And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (NKJ)
The speaker noted that Jesus pointed out that the image, the “icon,” on the coin was that of Caesar’s. Thus we are to give to Caesar what is his, that which bears his image.
But we are to give God what is His. What bears His image? We do! Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (NKJ) Thus we are to give to God what is His, that which bears His image. US!!!!!