March 1, 2016
And now we follow you with our whole heart,
we fear you and we pray to you.
Do not let us be put to shame,
but deal with us in your kindness and great mercy. (Daniel 3:34-43)
In his homily this past weekend, Fr. Jim Farrell (Pastor of St. Pius X Parish in Indianapolis), shared his thoughts on the Year of Mercy and encouraged us to avail ourselves to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
As I pondered the readings for today, a particular phrase Fr. Jim used came back to me. In speaking about temptation, he asked the question, “What is on your heart that shouldn’t be there?”
That question fits in beautifully with the prophet Daniel’s message. If we want to follow God “with our whole heart”, we must rid ourselves of the temptations that reside there, taking up precious space intended for Him.
Examine your heart. Take an honest look at what you are holding there. Has God been squeezed out by temptation? By false gods?
Put aside your fear and shame and seek reconciliation with God. Turn to Him, confident that He will deal with you in “kindness and great mercy.” Then allow God to fill in the newly-created space in your heart.