Thursday of the 17th Week
Matthew 13: 47-53
What was our last failure, or the last thing we did wrong? Failures and mistakes are going to happen, but if we do not learn from them, they remain our failures and our mistakes. Our readings have much to do about this subject.
In our reading from the prophet Jeremiah, he is watching a potter at his wheel, and the potter is shaping the clay on the wheel to the image that he has in his mind. If the clay fails to become what the potter had in his mind, he begins again shaping the clay into what he wants it to become.
In our Gospel, Jesus uses the image of a large net that is cast into the sea. When the fishermen bring the net to the shore, all kinds of things and fish are in the net. The fishermen throw back into the sea what is worthless, and they keep what is valuable.
My friends in Christ, failures, and mistakes are going to happen, but if we do not learn from them, they remain our failures and our mistakes. In this Eucharist, let us allow our loving God to shower us with His mercy, and may we allow God to shape us into the image that he wants us to be.