Thursday Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time
Jeremiah 31: 31-34
Showing my kindergarten picture! I do not look very happy? It is because I was not happy! I was when I left the house, I had this new bright red sweater on, and I knew I looked like something pretty flashy. I wanted to get my picture taken, but when I went in the woman thought my hair was out of place, so she wetted it down and tried to get my hair to move over to the side. I was not happy! Thus started the saga of no one touches my hair, and no gel or spray ever gets put on this head of hair. What is in our hearts this day?
In our first reading, Jeremiah tells the people what is in their hearts put there by God himself. The Old Covenant written on stone, could be broken. The New Covenant is written now in their hearts and it will not be broken.
In our Gospel, Jesus wants to know what is in people’s hearts when it comes to an understanding who he is. He first asks, ‘Who do the people say I am?” Of course, he got answers like, “You are John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah and still others you are a great prophet.” However, Jesus wants to know what is in the disciple’s hearts, so he asks them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter responds with a great answer, “You are the Christ the Son of the living God.”
As we gather this day, “What is in your heart today?” At the beginning of the day and the end of the day, all I want is to be loved, accepted, and when I mess up, I want to be forgiven, loved and accepted. I would guess that is just about what you want also? If we know that, how can we live that message with others this day? As we connect our hearts to God’s, may we, in turn, connect our hearts to others?