Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 18:1 – 6
Vs. 2, 4 of our scriptural reference today says, “Come, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words. The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good for him.” Jeremiah was told by God to go to a potter’s house where he watched a potter fashion a vessel out of clay. Because the vessel was not suitable for what the potter intended, he had to remould it into something other than what He had designed. Beloved in Christ, today the Holy Spirit says to you that the God you serve is capable of remoulding you or the circumstances facing you to suit His divine purpose for your life. What is the situation with you now? Does life seem to be harsh and unfortunate to you? You invested alot of human and financial resources into a business, but all seems to have gone down the drain. Perhaps, you have been sick to the extent that you have lost the fellowship of family and friends. Oh, life has been very unfair; but the Holy Spirit says to you that God is still on hand to remould you, change the ugly situation and put smiles on your lips once again. Hear this testimony: Brother, join me and thank God, after praying on the 23/7/16 for my lost axe head (my menses which had stopped flowing for months with no premarital affairs) and joining in the 3 days fasting declared by DSD, my God showed me mercy and my menses started flowing again. Glory to Jesus! God can show mercy to you just like He showed to the lady in our story today.
A story was told of Michelangelo who was found by a friend working on a piece of marble he had found on a rubbished dump near Rome. When asked what he was doing, he replied, “There is an angel inside and I am going to bring him out.” This is wonderful! This is exactly what our God does. From nothing, He creates something out of us. From a piece of rejected marble, a wonderful piece of art work is showcased. Dear friend in Christ, recall that in 1 Sam. 2:8, Hannah said, “He lifts the poor from the dust and raises the needy from their misery. He makes them companions of princes and puts them in places of honour.” In Matthew 4:19, Jesus called His disciples and said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Imagine the degree of transformation these poor, illiterate, timid and rustic fishermen went through because they encountered the King of glory. Our sinful nature, makes us not qualified for anything good from God, but because of His compassion and love, He forgives us when we repent and makes us qualified for blessings. As we enter the end of the first quarter of this year 2017, avoid anything capable of jeopardising your privileged position in Christ. Keep your focus on Him. Be courageous and dedicated. The result is that He will always be on hand to assist you.
MASS: VIOLETIs 55: 10-11; Ps 34: 4-5. 6-7. 16-17. 18-19; Mt 6: 7-15LENTEN WEEKDAY/ PERPETUA AND FELICITY, MTS
Thank God for today’s reflection.
Take the prayer of “Self-Surrender to God” (Meditatively).
Take the prayers for “Spiritual Renewal” (Meditatively).
Take this declaration seriously, “The voice of men shall not prevail over my destiny. I have moved from nothing to greatness.” In Jesus name
Exercise: Share this reflection with someone today.
Meditation: Jeremiah 29:11