Harden Not Your Hearts

November 18, 2021

Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase inspired by the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.

The Alleluia verse for today includes this familiar line from Psalm 95: If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

HARDEN NOT YOUR HEART: Elsewhere is scripture, we read that God wants us to have firm hearts, but apparently not hardened hearts. What is the distinction?

A hardened heart is closed off to the needs of others. It beats only to sustain itself.

A firm heart has resolve. It fights through indifference and beats for the community as a whole. It beats to God’s rhythm.

A hardened heart is indifferent.

A firm heart is merciful, attentive, and charitable.

Pope Francis described a firm heart as “a heart that allows itself to be pierced by the Spirit so as to bring hope to our brothers and sisters.”

Hear his voice; harden not your hearts.

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