A Lump of Clay

by SR. JULIEMARIE, SND on 06/26/2016

in Ordinary Time

Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time — Cycle C

June 26, 2016

“No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God” (LK 9: 62)

On their journey to Jerusalem Jesus and his disciples were not welcomed by the Samaritans.The James and John asked Jesus if they should punish them by sending down fire upon them.Jesus rebuked them reminded them revenge was not part of a Christian’s life style. Fire is often used in scripture as symbol commitment or surrendering. Not glancing to the past but moving forward in the present to proclaim the Kingdom of God is our mission. God depends on us.

A Lump of Clay

I sat like a lump of clay on the wheel of God’s love.
“I want to be shaped according to your love, O Lord.”
With a gentle touch, he took me in his hands.
He kneeded me with a pull and stretch,
watered me with the grace of surrender,
making me pliable.
Slowly, he created my form to his image,
placed me in the kiln of the fire of his love,
and shaped my image, like stone, into a vessel of beauty.
No longer looking back,
I only go forward.

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. When have you not been a welcoming person?
  2. How do you feel when this happens to you and what do you do about it?
  3. Why did Jesus rebuke the disciples and what did he do?
  4. The image of the lump of clay is every person. Why does it stay a lump?
  5. What happens to one who forever looks back on life and never looks forward?
  6. How is commitment a reality in today’s culture?

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