The start of a new liturgical year can lull us into a cyclical coma. Another First Sunday of Advent, Year B? Great! Guess we can do the same music from our 2017 planner. Copy and paste whatever homily we filed away from December 3 of that year, too. If we aren’t watchful, we can treat the turning of liturgical time like the futile repetition of a hamster wheel—same as it ever was.
However, today’s first reading reminds us that the wheel we’re on is the ever-shifting yet ever-stable creative wheel of the potter. The wheel turns as the potter lays wet hands on clay. Nothing much seems to happen while she softens and smooths the clay beneath her palms.Day by day and year by year, we may not see the ways we are being reshaped and molded by the Spirit of Christ. But God is active and faithful. Click To Tweet
Then suddenly, without warning, her fingers push and pull, shifting the clay upward, then down, out then in, constantly shifting the clay while hands remain steady and patient.
Day by day and year by year, we may not see the ways we are being reshaped and molded by the Spirit of Christ. But God is active and faithful. All time, past, present, and future, is a unique invitation to change and be recreated under our God’s careful touch at the potter’s wheel. Therefore, be watchful, be alert, and wait with joy! For we cannot change ourselves; only God’s hand can do that.
This post was first published in “GIA Quarterly: A Liturgical Music Journal.”
Image credit: Photo by SwapnIl Dwivedi on Unsplash.
Read more reflections on the Sunday readings here:
- Faith is not a neutral act
- Structures and Systems
- No transfiguration without the cross
- A Communal Effort
- Even now