“Happy the pure in heart:
they shall see God.”
– Matthew 5:8
Here, Jesus is teaching us
that the source of the quality of whatever we do,
lies in our heart, that is, in our soul – in the depths of our spirit.
In fact, on another occasion, Jesus warns that
“from within, out of men’s hearts,
come evil thoughts, sexual immorality,
greed, malice, deceit,
arrogance and folly.” (Mk 7:21-22)
It is dangerous to “entertain” sinful thoughts.
The road to sin begins in our thought life.
When we commit a sin, it never “just happens”
– sinful acts begin as attitudes, fantasies or temptations in our mind and emotions.
Helped by God’s grace,
I should constantly strive to cleanse my heart and acquire this purity,
the reward for which is the vision of God.
come and heal me.
Purify my heart, my mind, my soul.
Fill me, Holy Spirit,
with “whatever is true,
whatever is honourable,
whatever is just,
whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely,
whatever is gracious.”
Let my thoughts be only
on what is worthy of praise;
on what pleases You, my God;
on what draws me closer to You.
Purify my heart, Lord,
I want to see You.
[today’s prayer, quotes from St. Paul’s beautiful words in Philippians 4:8]