Here is our Old Testament reading, the story of the potter, from Jeremiah: ‘The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? says the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel’.

It seems that we have to ‘go down’ in order to hear the Lord’s words: ‘Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words’. We have to ‘go down’ to our true selves, deeper than the surface identities we show to others. Our Lord meets us there in the secret place of the heart, and it is there that He speaks to us. He mends the broken vessels of our lives, working all the mistakes into something better.

For this we owe Him our eternal gratitude. Let us offer Him ourselves afresh today, and may He bless us all.