It is 2nd August 2018. We celebrate the memorials of St. Eusebius of Vercelli, Bishop, and St. Peter Julian Eymard, Priest. The readings are from Jeremiah 18:1-6; and the Gospel from Matthew 13:47-53. When we are yielding, submissive, and docile in the hands of God, God reshapes us and restarts the shape and structure whenever God wants it. When we allow ourselves to be in the hands of God, there is a newness and freshness in our lives. A fit of the doldrums rarely happens to the one who is in the hand of God allowing God to do what God wants to do with us. Our fruitfulness is possible when we are domiciled in the hands of God. We read the parable of the potter from Jeremiah in the first reading. God treats the clay with the help of the Holy Spirit to be mendable, when it is free and cooperative with God. God is the artist, the sculptor and the potter of our souls. God is still working on our lives. God starts afresh in our lives, when the clay did not come out the way the potter expected. “Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done?” says the Lord. “Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.” (Jer.18:6). The responsorial Psalm praises, “He is happy who is helped by Jacob’s God.” (Ps.145:5). The Gospel teaches us that God alone sifts the good and the bad on the day of God’s own choice. God recognises and appreciates the good and crushes the evil to the ground. We need to allow the Word of God to be the sieve that strains the unwanted residues of life. As the clay in the potter’s hand, so our life must be in the light of the Word of God. We need to have the patience to go through all that we have allowed to invade the space that belongs exclusively to God. Even before facing God’s judgement, we must have the openness to recognise the evil within us and get rid of them on a daily basis. In every triumphant person, there is a willingly suffering soul at the core. We are no way weakened by the struggles of being human and holy. The change we desire is surely in the hands of the Lord. May we allow God to mould us, mend us, make us the persons, the vessels and the instruments God desires us to be. May you have a good day. God bless you.

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