Daily Mass Reflections - 8/2
“Whenever the object of clay which he was making turned out badly in his hand, he tried again.” ~ Jeremiah 18:2
Today’s Daily Reading (Jeremiah 18:1-6) reminds us in a remarkably visual way of God’s incessant and never ending desire to patiently mold and shape us into the people we are destined to become, people rooted in the truth of his glorious word and promises.
It’s clear that the prophet Jeremiah was taken aback by the care and patience with which God works to form us, as he was sure to note that as the major takeaway from this encounter. “Indeed” The Lord tells him. ...”like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, house of Israel.” This promise is unconditional and eternal; when sin causes us to “turn out badly,” God simply goes back to work on and within us.
I chose the picture that I did for today’s reflection because i felt as though it sheds some light on what a true labor of love the art of pottery is. Much like the painstaking potter, God is clearly not afraid to get his loving hands dirty as he seeks to shape and form us via the Eucharist, Scripture, Adoration and the like.
On the topic of Eucharistic Adoration, I can’t think of a better way to allow God to mold us than to simply step back, take a deep breath, and quietly reside in God’s presence before the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ. Having made a more conscious effort to carve out time for Eucharistic Adoration over the last 2 or 3 years, it’s hard for me to even remember what life was like before I started this practice.
As always, please feel free to leave all thoughts pertaining to today’s Readings and prayer requests in the Comments Section below.