Reason and wonder are the two sides of a coin like the one that Jesus speaks of in today’s Gospel.
Good leaders have the ability to use both reason and wonder to inspire and motivate themselves and others to embrace the Good News, evangelize, and nourish those they encounter.
Today’s first reading from Ezekiel illustrates this. It begins with an ordered account of the when, rooting us in a specific time and place . . .
On the fifth day of the fourth month of the fifth year,
that is, of King Jehoiachin’s exile . . .
Then unfolds the mysterious, awesome, and wonderous vision of the glory of God.
Jesus recognizes this too in today’s Gospel. He puts the question to Peter about paying the temple tax, then instructs Peter to go fishing. In the mouth of the fish Peter catches, there is a coin with which they pay the tax. Practical yet wonder-filled.
I’ve often thought about how much of my day, week, month is spent focused on the quotidian efforts of answering the questions of who, what, where, and when, and limited time spent reflecting on the vision of the glory of God and what that might mean in my work and ministry.
I know I need the reasoned side of the coin, but do I forget the wonder side?
Where do I see wonder and want only to express it in praise?