So what is in your heart?

Posted in homily by frtonys on February 9, 2022

You are what we eat. Surely you all heard this before, it is true only in terms of healthy living. Yet in today’s gospel reading, Jesus tells us to be careful of what comes out from within, not what goes inside us. Previously, He scolded the religious leaders for being too meticulous about externality such as washing of hands before eating. Now He continues to teach us that food intake which is also external does not make us sinful. It is what comes from within us that make us so.

Jesus mentions the heart but He includes our conscience, thoughts, moods, and feelings. Our thoughts and feelings become our word and actions which then become our choices, attitudes and habit. If our heart is true and pure, it will reveal itself outwardly in our speech and behavior. On the other hand, our evil thoughts, as Jesus explained, can readily turn into the twelve evil acts namely: unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, and folly.

It is necessary that we examine our own mental and emotional processes.

Regular quiet introspection can be extremely valuable. Although we were made in the image and likeness of God, we are prone to harbor evil thoughts and the tendency to rebel.

So what is in your heart? Do you have a heart of stone or a heart that is willing to accept the presence of God? With the help of the Holy Spirit, let us pray “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Create in me a clean heart, o God and renew a right spirit within me.

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