Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

This word came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
Rise up, be off to the potter’s house;
there I will give you my message.
I went down to the potter’s house and there he was,
working at the wheel.
Whenever the object of clay which he was making
turned out badly in his hand,
he tried again,
making of the clay another object of whatever sort he pleased.
Then the word of the LORD came to me:
Can I not do to you, house of Israel,
as this potter has done? says the LORD.
Indeed, like clay in the hand of the potter,
so are you in my hand, house of Israel.

— Jeremiah 18:1-6

The peace of the Lord be with you. Everything this side of Heaven has a beginning, a middle, and an end; so as a result, change is inevitable. The words from the prophet Jeremiah today remind us that God is constantly at work, both in the world and in our personal lives. Jeremiah reminds us that it is God’s intention that we and the world be molded more and more in his divine image. However, because God is so loving, he will not impose his will upon the free will he has given to each of us. As such, we need to consent and be open to those changes he would like to make in us. Do I, do we hear those promptings from God our Father? Most often I suspect they come through our conscience and through the whisperings of the Holy Spirit. 

Heavenly Father help me today to not only hear your voice but respond to your prompting that your will may be done in my life and I may become more rooted in you. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Readings for Thursday, July 30, 2020