Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 18:2
Today, the Holy Spirit opens the eyes of our minds to the fact that God can do with us whatever He wills. Jeremiah was asked to go to a potter’s house where he watched a potter fashioning a vessel out of clay. Because the vessel was not suitable for what the potter intended, he had to remold it into a suitable vessel of his choice. This parable contains several important principles for God’s work in our lives. First, we must realize that God has the right to mould us as He pleases. Second, Lack of submission and commitment to the Maker’s plans for us will do us no good. Hear this, “…If I say that I am going to plant or build up any nation or kingdom, but then that nation disobeys me and does evil, I will not do what I said I would.” (Jr 18:9-10) Third, God remains free to change His intention for our lives. This means that if God had planned to mold us into vessels of goodness and blessings and honour and we choose to be sinful and unrepentantly disobedient, we make ourselves vessels destined for destruction. (Rom. 9:22) Conversely, if we were stubborn, heading for destruction, but then we repent, God will begin to shape us into vessels of honour and blessings. (2 Tim. 2:20-21) In our days, we are no longer referring to the people of Judah as those who refused to be formed. Instead of doing that, we refer to ourselves because, we are the today’s people of Judah. Whatever God told the people of Judah then, He is as well telling us, the people of the 21st century, with even greater grief because, our generation is more stubborn and sinful than the people of Judah. However, God is pleading for a change of heart.
The God we serve is a mighty and merciful God. He understands us more than we do to ourselves. He knows that we are imperfect and morally volatile. Hence, He opens His heart for us to tap from the abundance of His loving-kindness so that we may be sustained by His grace at this difficult moment. It is for this reason also, that He lavishes His mercy on us even when we have committed the worst of sins, and even when we do not recognize or appreciate this mercy. But, our appreciation of this mercy does not determine its release. It does not at all. Whether we are interested or not, God is naturally merciful and loving. The heart desire of God since the beginning of time is to affect our lives with the release of the abundance of His grace, mercy and power. Unfortunately, His pain in doing all these is in our attitude of not cooperating with Him, the Good God. The people He created have refused to listen to Him. At the Potter’s House, prophet Jeremiah saw how so submissive the clay was with the Potter. That was a symbolism representing God as the Potter and the people, the clay. God expects us to be submissive like the clay, but, realistically, that is not what is happening. The reverse is the case. It is not fair.
Beloved, the Holy Spirit teaches us today that our souls may be in danger of eternal death, if we refuse to submit completely to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all situations of life. Let us allow Him to moderate our affairs for we can do nothing without Him. (Jn. 15:5-6) Let’s conclude this reflection in the words of Pope St. Gregory 1: “Let our praise be with God, and from ourselves, for God hates those who praise themselves.”
MASS: GREEN Tobit 3:1-11a. 16-17a; Ps 25:2-3.4-5ab.6.7bc.8-9 (R.1); Accl. Jn 11:25a.26; Mk 12:18-27
1. Lord Jesus, like a clay is in the hand of the Potter, so I am in Your very hand. Do to me what You wish to. (Take seriously and 7 times)
2. I surrender my life to You today dear Heavenly Father. Lead me gently in the path of life so I don’t miss my steps. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen
Exercise: Sing and meditate on the hymn “Trust and Obey…”
Meditation: Job 33:6