There are far too many examples in society of human beings being degraded and treated like objects instead of as persons. For example, the ‘me too’ campaign that is occurring online at present is a reminder that many women experience sexual harassment. Women and men are degraded when treated as sexual objects and also in other facets of life, such as when social and economic structures treat the vulnerable as though they were disposable. It is a reality that those who seek to follow in the footsteps of Jesus must challenge and reject
As the Pharisees show Jesus the coin he asks, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” It bears, of course, the imprint of the emperor. Jesus then directs them to notice where God’s imprint is to be found. Each human being has the imprint of God. Each one of us is made in the image and likeness of God who we know as a community of self-giving love. Our challenge is to see this in each other and let this truth shape how we relate to one another and to shape the way our society functions.
On this Mission Sunday, it is also a good reminder that because we carry the imprint of God every action of ours is part of the Mission of Jesus. Fr Gerard