“As the test of what the potter molds is in the furnace, so in tribulation is the test of the just. The fruit of the tree shows the care it has had, so too does one’s speech disclose the bent of one’s mind. Praise no one before he speaks for it is then that people are tested…a good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good.”
The scriptures use so many images to teach us, form us, and lead us. Consider for a moment…the potter shapes an object, maybe your coffee mug, a vase to hold a spring flower, or even ourselves (Abba, Father). Soon trees will begin to bud, and the care we give them now, pruning, trimming, fertilizing, will produce long awaited fruit. The words we use reflect how we feel, what we know and what we desire.
We need not limit ourselves to the image of a tree, but apply the teaching in our own way of life. How we walk the path of holiness according to the teaching of Pope Francis is found in the beatitudes. Our words, our thoughts, our good works are the steps we take on that path, accompanied by God’s grace and the support of one another.
As we begin the season of a “change of heart” this Ash Wednesday, may the grace of this Lenten season lead us to encounter the Lord Jesus who suffered and died for love of humankind; may it lead all of us to grow in our faith. “O God, who have mercy on us, take away my heart of stone, and give me a heart to love and adore you, a heart to delight in you, to follow and enjoy you.” (St. Ambrose). God bless you in this coming Lenten season and keep you always in his Love!
Joyfully in the Lord,
Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish