5th Wednesday in OT 2019 (readings)
Christ makes it clear to the disciples what is meant by the parable in the Gospel today. It’s not food that defiles us (which I’m very thankful for, because it means I get to eat bacon), but it’s what comes out of us from the heart that defiles us.
Christ uses this imagery of the heart in order to help us understand divine things; the heart here represents the summary and source, expression and ultimate basis of our thoughts, words and actions.
And it’s through this heart of ours that we sin. We sin when our heart is not oriented towards its creator.
It’s specifically from our hearts, when they’re not rightly ordered, that evil/sin arises. That’s when unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, and the other vices arise to fill that space that’s supposed to be reserved for our God.
So, as we read in the book of Proverbs, we must, “above all else, guard our hearts.” And we have the tools to do just that. God has given us the sacraments, and has enlightened his Church with the cardinal and theological virtues; he has also told us, “You shall love the Lord your God w/all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. And you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
With the Grace of God, what more do we need?