July 28, 2022 Thursday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time-C

Jeremiah 18:1-6

Psalm 146

Matthew 13:47-53

Whenever the object of clay which he was making turned out badly in his hand, he tried again.  Jeremiah 18:4

“The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea.”  Matthew 13:47

Lord, you are the potter, I am the clay. Unlike a human potter you don’t make ugly or flawed pots.  And unlike clay I can choose how to respond to you and your dream for me. You continually form and shape me to become what you want for me. To create a beautiful masterpiece of pottery the potter must put the molded clay in a kiln. I am tried by fire to become your finished handiwork. I may resist at times and try to go my own way. Thanks to your patience and love for me you don’t give up. You form me in so many wondrous ways. You teach and guide me with your word. You strengthen and heal me with your sacraments. You put people in my life to inspire me.  Lord, I pray that when you cast your net into the sea and bring me and my family to the shore that we are “keepers.” I pray that we respond to your lifelong grace to grow in faith and reliance on you. Please don’t give up on us. Lord, I place myself and my family in your hands to form us in whatever way you will.  Amen.