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Liturgical day: Wednesday 5th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mk 7,14-23): Jesus then called the people to him again and said to them, «Listen to me, all of you, and try to understand. Nothing that enters one from out¬side can make that person unclean. It is what comes out from within that makes un¬clean (…).

The heart and the purity of the heart

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI)
(Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, it appears —controversially— the fundamental question of the "heart": it is there —and not outside— where the plot of human history is "woven". In Mark’s Gospel we see the radical transformation that Jesus brought to the concept of purity before God: it is not ritual actions that make us pure. Purity and impurity arise within man’s heart and depend on the condition of his heart. And rather than a moral "rearmament" (effort), the crucial point is the encounter with God in Jesus Christ: He purifies us.

The word "heart" refers to the internal interrelation of perceptive powers of man, which also require the proper interplay of body and soul, since this is essential for the "totality" of the man. Without isolating intellect or will, man has to accept from God being both body and spirit, living the bodylines of his existence as enrichment for the spirit.

—The heart has to be pure, deeply, interiorly open and free to see God.