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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 31, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word: Jeremiah 18:1-6
Psalm 146:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6ab
Matthew 13:47-53

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Again we hear that the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah. This time we learn that even when the clay at the potter's wheel goes badly, the potter can take it up and refashion it. In this little story we learn something very important about us and about God. First of all, sometimes "we go bad” and don't turn out as planned and, secondly and wonderfully, God can remake us.

It is a sweet little story that sends a warm ray of hope where otherwise there might be despair. We must however be like the clay in the hand of the potter and not resist.

Such docility requires that we let go of our stubbornness and let the touch of God warm, soften and heal us. It requires that we do something that often runs counter to our nature; it means being more passive. I don't mean lazy or indifferent, but still enough and receptive enough so that God's peaceful and loving ways can have an effect on us.

It is easy though, and even a relief not to be working so hard. It means simply closing our eyes and ears to everything that can distract us and saying with all the faith, hope and love of our hearts what we wish the Lord to do.

Make me in your likeness, O Lord.
You alone are my hope.
All my trust is in your mercy.

- Donna Nelson, OCDS |
email: drn3rd (at) hughes (dot) net

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Ignatius of Loyola, priest

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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