…cast a hook; take the first fish that comes up;…open its mouth, you will find a coin… Matthew 17-22-27 The first time I went fishing out on a boat was in Virginia while visiting a friend. I was twelve. We caught a few fish that day but not one had a coin in its mouth. Nevertheless, I’ve loved fishing and Virginia ever since. Some how even at twelve I found peace in both the place and the activity. By profession Peter was a fisherman. Following Jesus around would certainly have taken some time away from doing the one thing that allows him to provide for his family. The issue of the temple tax had to cause some anxiety. What other way to put his mind at ease than to instruct Peter to go do the one thing that he knows; casting a hook? Finding a coin in the mouth of a fish is perhaps the oddest of “miracles” but not so far fetched. Fish are attracted to shiny silver things. Why couldn’t a small coin falling in the water from a boat be one of them? This event helps me to understand that our discipleship is not about experiencing miracles. It’s more about God allowing us to be at peace with who we are as we follow him, blessing us as we use every part of our gifts to the Glory of His Name.
“Who are you?” John 1:19-28 I’m just a nobody, trying to tell everybody about somebody who can save anybody. This is the title and chorus from a song released by The Williams Brothers “Blessed” Album in 1985. When I read today’s lectionary reading this phrase immediately came to mind. We often think that evangelism is something that requires us to be special in some way. But God only asks us to be a voice for the Gospel, and share the good news about Christ. Since Paul assures us that we have already been crowned with God’s glory and honor, there is nothing that humankind can do for us that God has not already ordained in our lives to do. And although we do not yet see everything from where we are right now, we do see Jesus (Hebrews 2:1-10). We are the voices. All we have to do is use whatever gifts God has given us to express it.