Taken from the Sunday Sermons of the fathers and the doctors of the church, a commentary on today’s reading (22nd Sunday after Pentecost – Matt 22:15-21):
The Pharisees sent their disciples with the Herodians. St. John Chrysostom likens the Pharisees to running water – they have only one objective in mind, one end, one goal. If they’re blocked in one place they simply go around and try again from another angle. They continue to pursue their end by any other path. Never do they consider that perhaps it is better that they break off their pursuit, that they might be wrong despite how many times Our Lord confounds them, even in spite of His just having exposed them. Still, they continue.