Matthew 17:24-27 NRSVue

24When they reached Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax came to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the temple tax?” 25He said, “Yes, he does.” And when he came home, Jesus spoke of it first, asking, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tribute? From their children or from others?” 26When Peter said, “From others,” Jesus said to him, “Then the children are free. 27However, so that we do not give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook; take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a coin; take that and give it to them for you and me.”

Some thoughts on this scripture

The sayings and deeds of Jesus were under constant scrutiny. Living in faith I may, like Jesus, be ready for all my actions and words to be weighed and evaluated. Living in a culture in which shrill and judgemental reporting abounds, I may become like those who observe him, judging, suspicious and cynical. I bring myself before God honestly now, ready to be led into truth.

It seems that Jesus did not discuss everything freely in public but waited until he was alone with the disciples. Perhaps I need time before I speak - time to reflect and time to consider where my words might be best used.