Sunday readings reflection: A hardened heart

October 2, 2022

Habakkuk 1:2-3, 2:2-4
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9
2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14
Luke 17:5-10

“Oh that today you hear His voice! Do not harden your hearts!”
-Psalm 95:7-8

I recently had heart surgery. Because of a congenital defect in a valve, I had to have it replaced. The defect had caused the valve to harden. So, literally, my heart had hardened. OK, not from sin (this time) but still, my heart would not function properly because of the hardening of the valve. So it is with God, then–when our heart does not function properly, we cannot function properly. We cannot return the undeserved love He pours out for us, nor can we love our neighbors as ourselves. Those are the two big Commandments and without a properly functioning heart, we are zero-for-two. Fortunately for me, the medical profession could fix my valve. They cannot, however, fix my love for God and for others. That’s on me. And I should strive not to let my heart harden to God’s voice!

My Lord God, thank you for the human advances gifted to us by you so that the doctors, surgeons and nurses could fix the physical defects in my heart. I also need to remember to rely on You to fix the emotional defects of my heart. May I hear Your voice and return Your steadfast love for me by my showing love to others. Amen


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