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All Saints' Episcopal Church, Lakeland, Florida.

The Pure in Heart

Matthew 5:8:  “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

When you just focus on just it alone, separate from the other Beatitudes, this beatitude is startling. Of course this is true for all the Beatitudes. So often we simply read all of them together as a package and don’t make ourselves fully present and open to them individually. In this short reflection, let’s be present and open to this one by itself, slowing down and fully engaging it. It is a striking statement: “The pure in heart...shall see God.” Wow, what a promise! And what a challenge! I don’t think this just refers to when we are in heaven. I think this beatitude calls for us to be wholly, completely, singly, fully connected to God now. In our lives now, to not be divided, fragmented, partial in our relating to him. In doing this, it is vital that we don’t seek to see God with our natural eyes or merely natural reasoning, nor that we strive with our own strength. Instead we surrender to God’s grace and seek to see him with the eyes of our hearts, by love. That’s why our hearts must be pure. For as Jesus said, “The pure in heart...shall see God.” This is the calling, this is the direction, the heart of our spiritual lives.

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Scripture Readings for Sunday, August 20

First Lesson Genesis 45:1-15
Psalm Psalm 133
Second Lesson Romans 11:1-2, Romans 11:29-32
The Holy Gospel Matthew 15:21-28

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