As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised." And they were greatly distressed. When they reached Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax came to Peter and said, "Does your teacher not pay the temple tax?" He 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?" When Peter said, "From others," Jesus said to him, "Then the children are free. However, 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." Matthew 17:22-27
Casting A Hook
Early morning light breaking
the water covered a blanket of fog
wading knee deep in the chilly water
casting and wondering why.
A seemingly ridiculous exercise
a foolish errand from the Incarnate
the stillness of the morning gratitude
there was no one watching this task.
Wanting miracles this fisherman
stands in the water waiting and praying
that shame will not be his identity
hoping not to be ridiculed yet again.
The servants of the incarnate Lord
are sent to awkward and foolish places
unknown outcomes and feeling foolish
standing amidst this world of skeptics.
Faith asks us to stand in deep water
expecting coins from fish mouths
impossible miracles and healing
love where there was only hate.
God is sufficient and more
the world sees foolishness
but we know abundance in scarcity
peace and love in the storms of war.