The Plate

I like to bake.  Sometimes I bake in competitions.  Whether I win or not, I’m always interested in what the judges have to say about what I made.  Some of my favorite things have gotten better because of their feedback. 

But whether it’s breakfast, dessert, bread, or pizza, there’s one thing they’ve never mentioned.  The plate.  

Because that’s not the point.  Like the earthen vessels in today’s first reading, the plate serves a purpose.  But it’s not the focus.  It’s what’s on it that matters. 

People at my new parish have been asking about me and what I do.  I’m the new kid, and they (rightly) want to know what they’re getting.  The short answer? 

I’m the plate.  It’s Who’s on it that matters.  Readings for Today