Pure Hearts mean light burdens, for it is sin that burdens and chains us down. With pure hearts we are free from sin. We are light as a feather! Jesus said, “Come to me all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for … my yoke is easy, and my burden light” (Matthew 11:28-30). Here Jesus speaks of the yoke of obedience, telling us that our lives would actually be much happier if we were to align our intellects and wills with His; that life would be much easier to handle if we would only accept the yoke of obedience to His Commandments and Beatitudes. Yet many people think the opposite: that following Jesus is too hard, too restrictive. Not true! Think about the time you told a lie, and then had to spend a lot of energy and time maintaining that lie. Think about the anxiety it caused, wondering if or when you would be caught in that lie or worse, a series of lies that ensued. Think about how that sin weighed you down, and all for what?
We have been given the gift of purity at our Baptism, when our original sin was washed away. If you are Catholic, then you have been given the gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation to reclaim that purity throughout your life. If we strive to maintain pure hearts, we will grow in holiness; for the Holy Spirit will break the chains of sin that have held us down for so long. We will be well on our way to becoming Saints. We will have taken up our yokes and learned from the Master. Our souls will be light as Dove feathers!
How do we get from where we are now to embracing purity in its fullest? We’ll address the answer to that question in our next reflection. Don’t miss it!