Abba , Father, You are the Potter, We are the Clay

The Potter and the Clay All the Mass readings for today are here 

Reading 1
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.

Given the state of all of us "cracked pots ", God has his work cut out .
But it's good to know we are in safe creative hands and my moans and questions too are dealt with and I am firmly put in my place !!
"You turn things upside down, as if the Potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to Him who formed it, "He did not make me"? Can the pot say of the Potter, "He knows nothing"?" -- Isaiah 29:16 (NIV)
"But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to Him who formed it, "Why did You make me like this?" Does not the Potter have the right to make the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?" -- Romans 9:20-21 (NIV)


claire said...

Do you know this beatitude:

Blessed are the cracked pots, they let the light shine through.


Philomena Ewing said...

Sort of- I knew it as a crack in the door. Thanks !!

Tim said...

Phil, the Potter is a favorite metaphor of mine because it turns our thoughts to process rather than results. It is an ungainly way of taking on the nature of God and becoming useful in the world. But the experience is most precious when we realize what's happening.

I tend not to do this when commenting on other blogs, but I wrote about the Potter last spring. You might find something of merit in it.

This lovely and rich as always.


claire said...