The Potter and the clay
The lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic has allowed some of you (not me), to slow down and think more deeply about life, and perhaps to appreciate it a bit more. It is when one person is forced to stop the daily routines, that they are able to ask the deepest questions of life: Who am I? Why am I here? What is the meaning of life?
Saint Ignatius was a proud Spanish soldier when he was wounded on his leg and was forced in a long and distressing period of convalescence. During this time, he had a chance to read and reflect about his life in relation to his Creator. That is how he became a practicing Christian and went to found the Jesuits.
This summer I would like us all to reflect on how God shapes us and moulds us into the people He wants us to be. Reading from Jeremiah 18:
The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will let you hear[a] my words.” 3 So I went down to the potter's house, and there he was working at his wheel. 4 And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter's hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.
I would like us to think how God is transforming us. Sometimes, this process can be painful. When things do not go according to God’s plan, we might find that He has to rework the clay, which is us. But if we surrender to His loving hand, we will be moulded into the useful vessel that has a higher purpose. It is when we resist the Potter that the clay gets spoiled. Therefore, let the Lord work on us and in us so that we can find our identity, purpose and joy of life in the One who forms us to be loved and used for His glory.Rev. Bruno Boldrini
For two thousand years people have been fascinated by the person of Jesus. He has inspired ordinary individuals and leaders of empires. He has been interpreted, followed, argued over and worshipped all over the world. Even our calendar is organised around his birth.