Scripture

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

Matthew 5:8

Thought

Imagine you are looking through a translucent object, like a piece of glass. The clearer, or the purer, that object is, the better you can see through it. But what does “pure” exactly mean?

Thinking of purity, organs other than the heart are involved, like eyes, ears, hands, etc. What does the hear have to do with that? As the center of the soul, in the heart all senses, thoughts and deeds are reflected.

The Greek word for pure is “καθαρός, katharos”. It was used in the new testament with the following meanings: clean, pure, unstained, either literally or ceremonially or spiritually; guiltless, innocent, upright.

Deep inside us, we all long to see God. The Lord teaches us here that we see Him through the heart. Only a pure heart can let you do that. Do you want to know how pure you are? Examine your ability to “see God” and search your heart for obstacles or impurity.

May the Lord purify our hearts over and over again.

Prayer

“O Holy Spirit of God, very God, Who didst descend upon Christ at the River Jordan, and upon the Apostles in the upper chamber, we have sinned against heaven and before Thee; purify us again, we beseech Thee, with Thy Divine fire, and have mercy upon us; for Christ’s sake. Amen.”

Nerses of Clajes, 4th century.