From a Creighton Student's Perspective
August 2, 2012
What a beautiful image. Let us take a moment in silence today and imagine our lives as objects of clay. Let us imagine our pasts, our presents, and our futures. Let us see ourselves from God’s view; see our beautiful lives waiting to be molded into something so much more beautiful. Let us see what beautiful things God has done in our lives, what blessings he has bestowed upon each of us. But it doesn’t look perfect does it? Just as the clay maker is unsatisfied with his creation and he tries again, when we are unsatisfied with our lives we must try again. There are some bruises on the image, some failings, and some sins. Let us hold this image in silence; let us look at the faults, the imperfections, and determine where we can each try again and make our lives what we desire, more importantly what God desires. Where can we be more loving, more caring, more Christ-like? Let us think of what the image of our lives would be had we looked to God in those moments of failing and sin, rather than our own selfish desires. The image becomes much more beautiful and full of light. Let us not be discouraged by this, but rather inspired. We can try again; better yet we are encouraged to try again and to succeed. The image will not be perfect for we are sinners, but God provides so much potential in our lives, in our object of clay, if we only seek God and allow him to impact our lives.
When I first read this reading I thought of myself as a child playing with play dough. I was not, and am still not today, a very good artist. I would try to make something like a dog or a tractor, but it would not come out how I wanted it to. The play dough, or clay, was so easily impacted and shaped by my every touch. So it is with our lives; our Creator, God, easily impacts us if we only open our hearts to him. Just as the slightest move of the clay maker’s hands can create pure beauty, so will the hand of God shape our hearts.
Jesus’ parable in the Gospel can come across as somewhat frightening. “The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth” (Matthew 13:49-50). “Wailing and grinding of teeth” are not exactly the comforting words we seek. From this we can be comforted with the knowledge that God is merciful and will forgive our sins. As God molds our lives like an object of clay, he will lead us to become like the good fish that are rewarded with the Kingdom of Heaven.
Lord, open our hearts and our lives today to be like an object of clay, patiently waiting for you to mold us into your loving sons and daughters. Strengthen us to avoid sin and our selfishness as we seek to love one another.
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