THE DESIRES OF THE HEART - Fr Mathew Naikomparambil VC
God's devotee prays :
"O Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill?" (Psalms 15:1)
"Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right, and speak the truth from their heart"(Ps 15:2).
Examine the impulses and movements of the heart. Foster the good and just desires. Reject all others. Give up everything that is not according to the word and example of Jesus Christ.
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven"(Mt 5:3).
Do not depend on or delight in material gains, wealth or human abilities.
Trust in and depend on God, and God's promises.
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God"(Mt 5:8).
In a heart that banishes all selfish desires, the Holy Spirit will inspire and instil sublime and lofty desires. "Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord" (Rom 12:11).
Examine the desires of the heart, purify them and make them pleasing to God.
He will then be glorified in us. Our life will become blessed.
Praying through the Word of God
"Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting"(Ps 139:23,24).O Holy God, give me a share in your great holiness. Loving Father, through the merits of the crucifixion of your only Son, Jesus Christ, give me complete salvation. Wash away all my sins and their guilt with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Send forth your Holy Spirit and make me a new person. Bless me so that I may live for the glory of God and for the salvation of all men and for eternal life.