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Left out of the Lectionary.

September 7, 2017


Matthew 17 gets left out of the lectionary, almost in its entirety.  The Transfiguration, the chapter’s first 9 verses, make it, but nothing else.  That unfortunately means that we miss this wonderful miracle from Matthew 17.24-27:


24 When they reached Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax came to Peter and said, ‘Does your teacher not pay the temple tax?’ 25He 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?’ 26When Peter said, ‘From others’, Jesus said to him, ‘Then the children are free. 27However, so that we do not give offense to them, go to the lake 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.’


It is a beautiful miracle, reminding us of our status as God’s own children, that our offerings to God are not to be taxes but joyful gifts from beloved children, and that it is often worth the extra work in order not to give offense.  And maybe, if you are a fisher, you should start checking the mouths of fish for coins…


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