O Jesus, let no evil designs enter my heart.
Picture Jesus summoning the crowd.
After his conflict with the Pharisees, Jesus summons the crowd to give his own teaching. His declares that all foods are clean. This is a gigantic help in freeing Gentile Christians from Jewish dietary laws. Then Jesus teaches the importance of inner desires.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- Whenever Jesus wants a fair audience, he calls the crowd.
- His teaching is sound. Food does not defile. Words and deeds coming from our hearts certainly can.
- The disciples are slow to understand. So, Jesus devotes more time to them.
- The list of evils is overwhelming. Yet, it is true. All of these come from the human heart.
- Jesus makes us look intently at our own hearts and what comes forth.
- What comes out of your heart?
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, I will take your words into my heart and they will make me holy.
- How many evil words and deeds come from my heart! Let me gain control.
- Teach me, Jesus. Teach me time and again. I am a slow learner.
- O Jesus, evils come forth from my unpurified heart. Cleanse the stream of my desires.
- Jesus, I am willing. You have permission to purify my heart.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will examine the evils in my heart.
+ I will purify my heart by the sacrament of confession.