Today’s reading: Matthew 17:24-27
In today’s reading Jesus is scrutinized regarding another responsibility of the Jews: does he pay the taxes that every Jewish head of household was to pay to support the temple. Instead of speaking to Jesus they approach Peter and and ask him and Peter says “yes” (He pays).
Later Peter and Jesus discuss the question and Jesus makes the point that the sons of Kings are not usually required to pay. Some see Him here claiming to be exempt – the temple was, after all, His father’s house!
Jesus argues that He is free from the tax, but pays anyway lest they offend.
Now to the most curious part of the story: He tells Peter to catch a fish and find a coin in the fishes mouth and use that to pay the tax! What possible reason might there be for the method Jesus used?