Audio Readings August 2, 2012 Thursday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 18:1-6;Psalm 146:1-6; Matthew 13:47-53

“Rise up, be off to the potter’s house; there I will give you my message.” (Jeremiah 18:2)

That was quite an odd command for God to give his prophet! There was nothing extraordinary about a potter’s house. Every day, the pot­ter bent over his wheel and formed plates and bowls and vessels for or­dinary household use. But God had decided to enter this ordinary, rou­tine moment and transform it with his life-changing word.

Jeremiah was no stranger to God’s voice. He had heard him speak many times before this episode. But there is nothing humdrum or every­day about hearing God’s word. Even when he walks into an ordinary sit­uation, he does so with the purpose of touching human hearts and giv­ing them a heavenly vision. And this time was no different. At the potter’s house, Jeremiah heard God prom­ise that he would continue to mold his people until they were completely pleasing to him. He gave Jeremiah an insight into the kind of intimate and loving relationship God wanted to have with his people.

It’s easy to recognize God in grandiose events like a dramatic conversion experience or the birth of a new child. But God is just as present in our regular, everyday lives. Whether we are at work, sweep­ing the floors, or making a meal, he stands ready to speak his message to us. He is always looking to mold our hearts and form our minds. Through his Spirit, he is always eager to reach right into our ordinary days and make them extraordinary.

Brothers and sisters, God is un­limited in his ways. He may remind you of a passage from Scripture while you sit in traffic. He may whisper words of love to you when you wake in the middle of the night. He may remind you of his patience while you wait in the doctor’s office. You never know exactly where or when or even what God will say to you in the course of a day, but you can be sure that his word will not be ordinary. So try your best to welcome him into every part of your day. And keep your heart open—even when you’re at the potter’s house!

“Thank you, Father, for being in every part of my life, especially the ordinary times. Come and speak to my heart and mold me into your own image. Thank you for loving me so perfectly!” ~WAU



About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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