Archbishop Peter A Comensoli | For the past couple of weeks, Jesus has spoken to the pharisees and elders of the people, telling them that, by their actions, others would take their place in God’s Kingdom. First, Jesus spoke of their rejection from the Vineyard of the Lord, and then there was their banishment from the wedding feast. Well today, we hear of their attempt at pay-back. The Pharisees are so furious at Jesus that they enter into an unholy alliance with their enemies, the Herodians, so as to bring him down. And to do so, they used trickery and corruption. Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, said Jesus to them; and render unto God what is God’s. For the Pharisees had sold their souls for money and expediency. But what of us? Where do our loyalties lie; what are the priorities by which we might be measured?