A Clean Heart
Today’s responsorial Psalm refrain is: “Create a clean heart in me O God” words from Psalm 51. In the first reading, through the prophet Jeremiah, the Lord says: “I will place my law within them and write it upon their hearts, I will be their God and they will be my people” (Jeremiah 31:33). Sometimes are hearts are soft and loving, sometimes hard and unkind. We need clean, kind hearts. Practicing the Corporal Works of Mercy can aide in purifying our own hearts and assist us in reflecting the heart of Jesus.
This week’s Corporal Work of Mercy is Shelter the Homeless. Please go through your clothing and look for gently used items to donate to St. Vincent de Paul. They will have a truck here this weekend for bundle Sunday. While such clothes may only take up space in your closet or drawer, they can make a huge difference to the poor and homeless. Also, go to the internet and learn more about the works of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Francis Center and Covenant House – all organizations who assist the homeless and needy. Set an extra place-setting at your table this week as a gesture of honor for the dignity of homeless people. Add some rocks to your Domestic Church prayer space and let them remind you not to have hardened hearts for the poor and homeless. And may the words of Jesus from today’s Gospel be reflected in our actions this week: “Father, glorify your name.” Blessings.