Today’s Inspirational Snippet: God wants to do something awesome with your flaws!

Good News Reflection
Friday of the 16th Week of Ordinary Time
July 25, 2014

Today’s Feast: Saint James
Pray to overcome self-centeredness:

Today’s Readings:
2 Corinthians 4:7-15
Psalm 126:1bc-6
Matthew 20:20-28
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:

Are you a cracked pot?

What is flawed in you? Think of yourself as a ceramic jar with cracks. God wants to do something awesome with your flaws! As we see in today’s first reading, we have within us a priceless gift to share. Although this treasure is stored in a cracked, earthen vessel, it’s priceless in the hands of God.

Our flaws are proof that God’s alive within us, because he nourishes the world through us with his water of life, despite our flaws. Let me share a story I found when I needed to learn this truth myself.

Once upon a time, there was a servant who fetched water for his master in two large pots, which he carried on the ends of a pole that lay across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it; the other was perfect. By the time the servant walked from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot had lost half of its water.

"I am ashamed," said the cracked pot. "Why?" asked the water bearer. The pot answered, "I have been delivering only half my load. This crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way to your master’s house. Because of my flaws, you have to do more work."

The man felt compassion for the pot and said, "Today as we return to the master’s house, I want you to look at the beautiful flowers along the path." So the cracked pot took notice of the many flowers along the way, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because again it had leaked out half its load.

The water bearer said, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path. Every day, you’ve been watering them. These flowers are grown to decorate my master’s table. Without your cracks, he would not have this beauty in his house."

In the reading from 2nd Corinthians, hear the comforting words:
I am afflicted, but (with God’s help) I am not crushed.
I am full of doubts, but (with God’s help) I do not despair.
I am persecuted, but (with God’s help) never abandoned.
I am struck down, but (with God’s help) never destroyed.

To this we could add: I am cracked, but (with God’s help) not useless.

Nothing goes to waste when we give our flaws to God. Not our imperfections, not our mistakes, not our weaknesses, nor our regrets. It all depends on how willing we are to let God transform our flaws into flowers – "so that the grace given in abundance may bring greater glory to God."

If you don’t like yourself, ask God to show you the flowers you’ve helped him to grow!1
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In this issue of Insider’s View:
• Reaching the goal is not always the objective
• Progress report: See our new home page!
• Help Wanted: Proof-reader

Reaching the goal is not always the objective (from Mountaintop Experiences)

Sandstone Bridge

Terry ModicaThe journey to the mountaintop is usually longer than we plan or imagine. A short trip sometimes takes so long we never reach the goal. The mountaintop experience we hope for remains elusive.

If we are walking with Jesus, our eyes shouldn’t be fixated on the goal anyway. Awareness of the presence of Jesus is the real objective, the daily objective, the moment by moment objective.

If our joy depends on what’s ahead instead of Who is beside us, we will never reach the mountaintop, possibly not even the ultimate heavenly mountaintop. And we will miss the experiences of heaven that Jesus gives us on the footpath of today’s portion of the journey.

Joy is found in the adventure of traveling wherever Jesus leads us. The ups and downs we traverse together become more fruitful and beneficial than a straight and smooth path.

If the goal is God-inspired, we will be rewarded for persevering toward it even when we don’t obtain it. God doesn’t ask for the completion of every plan; He asks to be the Lord of every plan. And in that are many different and surprising rewards.

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Progress report: See our new home page!

It’s here! Take a look at the new, flexible design of our home page, Look at it on different size screens — your computer, your cell phone, your tablet — and watch what happens! With your computer, you can shrink your browser (narrow the width of your view) to simulate a cell phone screen. Our home page is now easy to use on all sizes — and next we’ll start working on all the rest of the thousands of webpages that need to be converted to the new format. With the new design figured out and the new home page done, the rest of the site should go faster.

The future has opened! As work continues, our online ministry will be useful to more and more people, making the world a better place by changing hearts for Christ. I’d like to publicly thank the donors who have helped make this progress possible and continue to do so.

Help Wanted: Proof-reader

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Your servant in Christ,
Terry Modica
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