“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – 2 Corinthians 4:7




But we have this treasure in jars of clay

to show that this all-surpassing power is from God

and not from us.


– 2 Corinthians 4:7 (NIV)






This image that St Paul uses – jars of clay –

is reminiscent of the clay which God used to make Adam,

and it reminds us that we are of the world

and made of humble clay

with the frailty that is typical of clay.


Through grace we bear in our souls a wonderful treasure, God Himself.

But, like jars of clay, we are very fragile

and needing to be put together again.

This we do in the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.


Whenever this jar of clay that we are, gets cracked or broken,

we must go and glue the bits together again,

and, just like the prodigal son told his loving father,

we too, with a contrite heart, ask for forgiveness as we tell our heavenly Father:

“Father, I have sinned against heaven and against You…" (Lk 15:21)






Father, I have sinned against heaven and against You.

Forgive me, mend me

and make me whole again.


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