Whose are you?
Jesus’ response to the Pharisees in this Sunday’s Gospel contains a much deeper truth that has remained long after that one attempt to trap him.
In the NRSV translation we hear at Mass, it says: “Whose head is this, and whose title?”
But the original Greek manuscript says: “Whose image is this, and whose inscription?”
The Greek word for image is εἰκών, from where we get our English word “icon”. And although the denarius bore the icon or image of Caesar, Jesus is reminding us of another time this word was used, in the book of Genesis: “Let us make humans in our image, according to our likeness” (Genesis 1:26).
We belong to the one whose image we bear. Sometimes we can fall into thinking that my vocation, what God is perhaps calling me to, is something other than who I am. But nothing could be further from the truth. We belong to God, and it is only by giving to God the things that are God’s, that we truly become who we are.