Reflection on Matthew 17:22-27 ~
Would you believe a fish that you are going to catch has a coin in its mouth will satisfy an external need? What about that intuition that caused you to do something then later you realize it had an unexpected benefit? Divinity is always ready to provide for those things that matter most in our lives. As children of God, couldn’t the risen Christ be one step ahead in our journey, placing gifts for us to be discovered, utilized and filled with joy?
Matthew 17 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Jesus Again Foretells His Death and Resurrection
22 As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands, 23 and they will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised.” And they were greatly distressed.
Jesus and the Temple Tax
24 When they reached Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax came to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the temple tax?” 25 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?” 26 When Peter said, “From others,” Jesus said to him, “Then the children are free. 27 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.”
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection Matthew 17:22-27.