What is in our hearts today?

Thursday of the 18th Week Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 31: 31-34

Matthew 16:13-23

St. John Vianney

As our hearts pound away in our chests, what are our hearts longing for today? What do we hope for and desire to happen in our lives? It begins with loving Jesus Christ and wanting to serve Him in all I do. I am happiest when serving God to the best of my ability.

In our first reading, the prophet Jerimiah tells the people that the covenant has not changed, but the way it will be known has changed, as God has written the covenant in the people’s hearts and not on stone tablets. Therefore, the new covenant will not be able to be broken.

In our Gospel, Jesus wants to get to the hearts of his disciples by asking them, “Who do you say I am?” The disciples respond with, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others, Jeremiah or one of the great prophets.” He follows his original question with, “But who do you say I am?” Only Peter says, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

When Jesus continues by saying that he must suffer and die, is when Peter rebukes Jesus for saying such things. Peter’s heart was not ready to hear this news, but soon his heart would be prepared.  

What is in our hearts on this day? Are we ready to serve Jesus as St. John Vianney did?

Introduction:  Today is the feast day of St. John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests. He worked hard in school but was still a poor student. St. John Vianney did not receive any primary education because his family was poor, and had to work the farm. Consequently, he struggled with his studies, especially with learning Latin. He was the last in his class to be ordained, so he was assigned to the smallest village in France, where he would do the least damage. However, this did not discourage him as he never lost his faith as he committed himself to prayer and fasting. His pastoral plan for the parish was to have everyone from town attend Mass every Sunday. He set out to make this happen by getting to know everyone personally in the town. May we follow his advice to “open our heart so the word of God may enter it, take root in it, and bear fruit for eternity?” 

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