13 Aug 2018: ‘St Peters Fish’

Vintage still life of fresh fish and loaves of bread

Monday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1:Ez 1:2-5, 24-28C;  Gospel: Mt 17:22-27

‘St Peters fish’ is a delicacy St Peters  restaurant in Israel. Those who have gone to visit the Holy Land surely might have tasted this fish from there. We could see the significance of this in today’s Gospel.

As in the first part of the Gospel we see Jesus and disciples had a serious and sensitive talk regarding his passion, death, and resurrection at Galilee. Then they were moved with sorrow.

When they reached Capernaum, there arises a question about paying the tax. Being son of God and God himself there is no need for Jesus to pay the tax. But He says to Peter go to the sea and cast a hook. take the first fish that comes up and in its mouth will find a coin and pay the tax. Jesus is considering the human conscience and he is making himself at tune to it. We have certain responsibilities towards God, others and oneself. We can not make ourselves blind from it. Our love towards God will reflect on our attitude towards others. And it includes our efforts, initiatives,  and dedication to our commitment as well. So being a spiritual person does not mean that we have to ignore our social duties. Let us live with humanness and love. Love therefore is the fulfillment of all laws.

Sr Bini Thomas

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