⏰Thursday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (02 August 2018)

đź“–Jer 18:1-6; Ps 146:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6ab (R.v.5a); Matt 13:47-53

One very important criterion that ensures the efficiency of any football team is the presence of a good coach. Most times, the team’s good or poor performance is praised or blamed on him. But we also know that sometimes, some players decide on their own to play against the coach’s instructions. This can make the coach to sideline the player for a long time and many have ruined their football career in this way. The story of Nikola Kalinic of Croatia is still fresh in mind as an example.

In the above illustration, the coach gave the player the opportunity to establish himself but the player ruined it by indiscipline. This might not be a perfect illustration but it gives us an insight into the parable of the kingdom of heaven which Jesus told concerning the good and bad fishes which are separated at the end of time, with the bad ones thrown away (see Matt 13:47-53).

If we really want to avoid being thrown away like the bad fish, we really need to allow God to mould us into what he wants. He is the good potter and is sure to mould us into something good. Like the potter in the prophecy of Jeremiah (Jer 18:1-6), he is always patient with us, remoulding us whenever we go bad. But we must be ready to dispose ourselves in his hands.

May God grant us the grace to be docile to his directions and disposed to do whatever he wants of us. May he mould us into children worthy of his kingdom. Amen.

Have a wonderful day ahead. Peace be with you.

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