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Potter or the Clay?

If you look at today’s gospel, you will see it begin with Jesus saying “The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind.”  I think that is all some people hear today and they think everyone gets into Heaven.  God WANTS everyone to get into Heaven but if you keep reading today’s gospel, you will hear Jesus speak of how the good and the bad will be separated and the bad discarded.  There is a final judgment.

Next, I invite you to look at today’s first reading.  Here Jeremiah speaks of the potter and the clay.  My question for you is do you see yourself as the potter or the clay.  I believe we are the clay and that we must constantly allow ourselves to be reformed by God as our potter.  Each time we sin, each time we do our own thing, it shapes who we are away from what God has intended for us.  When we surrender ourselves to God, (for our sins, this flows through the Sacrament of Reconciliation), God can re-form us.

Unfortunately, I think some people today see themselves as the potter and the clay is the world around them.  They want to shape the world to suit what they want.  What has that gotten us in today’s world?

So are you trying to be the potter or the clay?  If the clay, is God your potter or is the world and material desires your potter?

Peace,

Fr. Jeff

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