Thursday 31st July – Memorial of St Ignatius of Loyola, Priest
Reflection: Jeremiah 18: 1-6
IN THE POTTER’S HAND
Many of us have no difficulty believing that we were created by God. However, we often find ourselves disbelieving that God has great and beautiful plans for our lives and seeks us to allow Him fulfill His purpose in us. We often want to be in charge and make all our plans and decisions on our own. This often results in a lack of trust in God and sometimes it even leads to rebellion.
Today’s reading reminds us that the God who created us is always in the act of moulding us into whom He wants us to be. Just as the potter moulds his clay into any object he desires so does God seek to mould us into what He desires. Are we prepared to surrender to Him and allow Him to bring out the beauty He has created in you and I?
Dear friends, the Bible reassures us that God has plans of good for us. “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). Let us surrender ourselves to God and seek His will in prayer. Only then can we fulfill our purpose on this earth and live in true happiness and peace. “Yes, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in mine, House of Israel” Jeremiah 18: 6
PRAYER: Dear Jesus, I submit myself to you. Please take me and mould me into that beautiful vessel you have created me to be. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 59 Why did God make man?
God made everything for man. Man, however, who is “the only creature on earth that God has willed for its own sake”, was created in order to be blessed. This happens when he knows, loves, and serves God and lives in gratitude toward his Creator.
HIDE A TREASURE: “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11 RSV-CE
Readings for today: Jeremiah 18: 1-6; Psalm 145: 2-6; Matthew 13: 47-53