“Out of the heart come evil thoughts
– murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.
These are what defile a person…”
– Matthew 15:19-20 (NIV)
Our Lord explains what really makes us pure or impure in God’s eyes:
We are defiled by what happens in our heart : evil desires, intentions, envy, spite…
These external sins, which our Lord enumerates,
before ever being committed externally
will have already been committed internally…inside the sinner’s heart.
It is in the heart where God is loved or offended
and that is why are all summoned to purity of heart.
Uncleanness of heart produces insensitivity to the things of God,
and to much that is humanly good as well,
including compassion for the unhappiness of others.
From a pure heart spring joy,
the ability to see the divine,
trust in God,
recognition of ourselves and our sins,
and a great love for God and for other people.
It is our heart, therefore, that we must purify, and keep healthy and clean,
so that all the rest will be pure and pleasing to God.
Jesus describes as blessed and happy those who guard their hearts,
and we have to work at this every day.
Love of frequent confession and persistence with the daily examination of conscience
help us to keep our hearts clean
and ready to accommodate the Lord – who is the true source of all our joy.
REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…
Come into my heart, O Lord, and take full control.
Help me make it a temple of Your Spirit.
[*] Today’s reflection is sourced from the seven-volume work “In Conversation with God” by Padre Francisco Fernández Carvajal.