The Forbearance of God In the Face of Man’s Stupidity

THURSDAY: Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time


The Forbearance of God In the Face of Man’s Stupidity

The tolerance and self-restraint of God expose the foolishness of those who resist the call to conversion, conciliation and spiritual transformation. Humankind is always in need of forgiveness, mercy, and healing. Since the fall of Adam and Eve, God is too busy at work restoring and reconciling humankind back into the perfect image and likeness of himself (Lev.19:2; 20:7, 26; 21:8; Matt.5:48; 1Pet.1:16).

Humankind, from one generation to the next remains reluctant to comply with God's guidance; they continue to diverge and disintegrate historically, ethically, politically, and morally. For the divine Godhead, the demise of humankind's integrity and dignity is not the precise narrative they are ready to entertain. Why? Because he made men and women in the reflection of himself to mirror his divine glory.

The allegory of the Potter and the clay in Jeremiah 18:1-6 is a beautiful legend about divine mercy, the call to perfection and the glorious opportunities God offers humankind to participate fully in grace and glory. Again, the parable of the dragnet reiterates, God is a God of second chances (Matt.13:47-53). The condemnation sinners is a last resort. Christ did not come to condemn sinners. He came to save them (Jn.3:17). Today's world is self-destructing. The tragedies engulfing us offer abundant opportunities to let the Lord remold us and fashion us anew. Are we ready to let God do with us what he must do?

O God, I am ready. Mould me and fashion me into your image and likeness.

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