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Good News Reflections:
Making scripture meaningful to your daily life
by Terry Modica

DISCOVER TODAY: Nothing goes to waste when we give our flaws to God.

Good News Reflection for:

Feast of St. James, Apostle
July 25, 2022

Today’s Prayer:

Lord Jesus, I need to learn how to be humble as Your instrument among my brethren. Deliver me from my pride, and may my desire be always to bring another soul to You. Amen.

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Today’s Readings:

2 Corinthians 4:7-15
Ps 126:1bc-6
Matthew 20:20-28
bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/072522.cfm
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
bible.usccb.org/podcasts/audio/2022-07-25

Are you a cracked pot?

[ Listen to the podcast of this reflection ]

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. On the Feast of St. James it should be especially helpful.

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!

Thank you for reflecting with us on this Feast of St. James!

Reflect more about this with our video: “Do you know how much your Father loves you?” @ https://gnm-media.org/do-you-know-how-much-the-father-loves-you/.

© 2022 by Terry A. Modica

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