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June 7, 2021

Daily Reflection for Monday, June 07, 2021
 

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Monday’s readings at this link:
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/060721.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: 2 Corinthians:1-7
Responsorial: Psalm 34:2-9
Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12

Our reflection on Monday’s readings:
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.  Matthew 5:8

When reflecting on this Beatitude, three questions occurred to me:
 
What does it mean to have a pure heart?
What does it mean to see God?
How does having a pure heart enable us to see God?

When Jesus speaks of the heart, he is talking about how we are in the secrecy of our thoughts and feelings, where nobody knows but God. And as someone once said, what we are at the invisible root matters as much to God as what we are at the visible branch. “Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). What we are in the deep, private recesses of our lives is what he cares about most. 

To be clean of heart is to pursue God’s truth and cling to God’s values in everything we do. The aim of the pure heart is to align itself with the truth of God and make central to our life what is important to God, giving no weight to the priorities of the world.

What does it mean to see God?

In the world to come it will mean seeing God in all his glory and majesty face to face. In this present age, seeing God is to be admitted into his presence and to be awed by the experience.

Some years ago we lived in Michigan a couple of blocks from Lake Huron. Early one cold gray winter morning I walked down to the beach and looked out over the frozen lake. It was completely silent. It was as though I was the only person on earth. My heart started to race. I couldn’t catch my breath. In the cold gray silence, it was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. But the experience was so overwhelming I couldn’t remain there.  To me that’s what it means to be awed.

Though not always as intense, this is the same feeling I experience when God has answered a prayer, or when he makes possible what was impossible, or when he delivers me from misfortune. To me, that is seeing God.

Finally, how does having a clean heart enable us to see God?

If we are pursuing God’s truth and clinging to what he values, if we live in awe of him, then we will see God because we will be like sentries in a tower. We will always be looking for him.

May God grant us all, the grace of a pure heart and frequent glimpses of his glory.

Peace be with you, my friends.
Melissa Kittrell

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