Fish, Coin


Wow…
August 7, 2009, 5:03 am
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So, yeah…I’ve totally let this thing slip.  And not for any real reason, either, except my wanting it to be this really awesome thing and being scared it won’t be – if that makes sense? Anyway.

I’ll work on it some more, get back to you.  Until then, read up on some Eucharistic Miracles, which are CRAZY.  One of the girls mentioned it at Bible study the other night and everyone in the room was totally in shock.  About how awesome it is.  ‘Cause it is.

Until next time! Hopefully sooner before later.

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Delay/Denial.
July 6, 2009, 7:00 pm
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So for those of you familiar with my last blog, This Gun’s For Hire, you know I’ve been out of work for about the last four months.  Some people call it normalcy in this horrible economy, but I call it an extensive boot camp in trusting in God.  Never before (to this extent) in my life have I had to trust that God will provide for my husband and I, as I am out of work and my husband is trying to keep his business off the ground.

Which leads me to a conclusion.  Either this is God’s will for us to grow in faith, or it’s His way of straightening us out, putting us on the right track after going a wrong way (like putting braces that hurt on crooked teeth).  I don’t know what it is we did wrong, really, but I guess it is an option.  And maybe, of course, it’s both.

Either way, it kinda sucks.

It sucks because it hurts, but, as my old friends from college used to say, “There is no crown without the cross.”  I am somehow sure that Jesus, although He embraced His cross, probably thought at one point that carrying it and dying on it sucked too.

What’s been interesting thus far, though, is what’s been happening through the suckitude.  My husband and I have been praying more, lifting up our intentions in novenas (that’s a whole separate entry right there); I’ve been able to go to daily Mass a lot more often; and although I’ve believed in God my whole life, my belief in Him has been pretty well cemented.

Example: I’m waiting to hear back about a job interview I went on about a month ago, which is a long time to hear back from someone if you’re out of work and have no money.  So after a lot of whining and complaining and crying in hopelessness (but while trying to remember God is not a magic genie who just grants wishes all day) I open the Bible – randomly – and fall upon this passage:

“For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
it speaks of the end
and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it;
it will certainly come and will not delay.”
–Habakkuk 2:3

Score one for the Savior, zero for me.

I’ve read that delay is not denial; that God’s time is not our time.  If you’re going through something similar, let’s pray together that He continues to show us patience, love, and trust in Him.



Fish, Coin.
June 19, 2009, 2:52 pm
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The Temple Tax
or,
The Launching of “Fish, Coin.”

“After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?”

“Yes, he does,” he replied.

When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own sons or from others?”

“From others,” Peter answered.

“Then the sons are exempt,” Jesus said to him. “But so that we may not offend them, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”  (Matthew 17: 24-27)

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So for a while now I’ve been contemplating starting a blog heavily influenced by Jay Smooth over at Ill Doctrine.  I’m hoping to do here what he does there – reflecting on ideas and issues dealing with a particular baseline he is comfortable with and knowledgeable in.  His happens to be hip-hop, race, and politics; mine is religion – specifically Catholicism, since that’s what I identify with, but of all faith in general.

…I probably just lost about 2/3 of my potential readers right there.

Yes, it’s a blog about religion, but don’t get it twisted – it’ll [hopefully] be a place free of stereotypes and corny platitudes about a spirituality that a lot of people really know nothing about.  I want to generate some real discussion about real issues, all in the context of a real faith millions of people self-identify as.

Hence the name, “Fish, Coin.”  That particular story is – to me – about Jesus recognizing that although He knows He is not made for the world, He is in it for this little while; and out of respect, He pays what needs to be paid.  The passage strikes me because everyone is in the world for a little while, and those of faith – any faith – needs to respect each other.  Jesus respected the law, even though He knew He was above it; and we all need to respect each other and the world we live in.

Let’s hope this blog adds to that.  What’ll it all entail? Well, I’m hoping to include interviews with people – of all walks of life, of followers of all faiths and denominations – who are really getting their hands dirty, finding how to follow God and serve others.  I’ll be posting book reviews, thoughts on movies & music, questions & answers, and a whole bunch of stuff.  It’ll be neat to see how it turns out, especially because at this point I have no idea, haha.

Thanks for visiting, and stay tuned!