Power struggles occur on every level of society,
from the world stage to relationships at work, to our
own homes. We struggle for position in the hierarchy
of power: Who has power over whom? How do
they wield it? What is the source of that power?
What is the healthy response?
In this Sunday’s Gospel reading the Pharisees
engage Jesus in a power struggle over whether Jews
should show tribute to Caesar by paying taxes. Jesus’
response puts this and every struggle for power
into perspective. In harmony with the words of Isaiah
and Paul, Jesus teaches us that God is the ultimate
source of all power—the power of earthly rulers, the
Pharisees, Jesus, the Church, and the power within