The Story of the Fisher King (As Told by Robin)

Did you ever hear the story of the Fisher King?

Begins with the king as a boy, having to the spend the night alone
…in the forest to prove his courage, so he can become king.

While he’s spending the night alone…
…he’s visited by a sacred vision.

Out of the fire appears the Holy Grail…
…symbol of God’s divine grace.

And a voice said to said to the boy
“You shall be keeper of the Grail…
…so that it may heal
the hearts of men.”

But the boy was blinded by
greater visions of a life…
…filled with power
and glory and beauty.

And in this state
of radical amazement…
…he felt for a brief moment,
not like a boy…
…but invincible.

Like God.

So he reached in the fire
to take the Grail…
…and the Grail vanished…
…leaving him with his hand
in the fire to be terribly wounded.
Now, as this boy grew older…
…his wound grew deeper.

Until one day…
…life for him lost its reason.
He had no faith in any men,
not even himself.

He couldn’t love…
…or feel loved.
He was sick with experience.

He began to die.
One day, a fool wandered
into the castle and found the king alone.
And being a fool, he was simple-minded.
He didn’t see a king.
He only saw a man alone…
…and in pain.

And he asked the king,
“What ails you, friend?”

And the king replied:
” I’m thirsty.  I need some water to cool my throat.”
So the fool took a cup from beside his bed, filled it with water…
…and handed it to the king.
And as the king began to drink…
…he realized his wound was healed.

He looked  at his hands and there was the Holy Grail…
…that which he sought all of his life!

He turned to the fool and said with amazement
” How could you find that which my brightest and bravest could not?”

The fool replied:
” I don’t know.
I only knew that you were thirsty.”
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PLEASE do see THIS video tribute and Robin’s prayer of compassion for the homeless.

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