Wednesday of the Fifth week in Ordinary Time
A pure heart create for me, O God» (Ps 51,12)
…If, therefore, you wash by a good life the filth that has been stuck on
your heartl like plaster, the divine beauty will again shine forth in
you. It is the same as happens in the case of iron. If freed from rust
by a whetstone, that which but a moment ago was black will shine and
glisten brightly in the sun. So it is also with the inner man, which the
Lord calls “the heart”. When he has scraped off the rustlike dirt which
dank decay has caused to appear on his form, he will once more recover
the likeness of the archetype (Gn 1,27) and be good. For what is like to
the Good is certainly itself good.
Hence, if a man who is pure
of heart sees himself, he sees in himself what he desires; and thus he
becomes blessed, because when he looks at his own purity, he sees the
archetype in the image.
To give an example. Though men who see the
sun in a mirror do not gaze at the sky itself, yet they see the sun in
the reflection of the mirror no less than those who look at its very
orb: So, he says, it is also with you. Even though you are too weak to
perceive the light itself, ye if you but return to the grace of the
image with which you were informed from the beginning, you will have all
you seek in yourselves.
…For the godhead is purity, freedom from
passion, and separation from all evil. If therefore these things be in
you, God is indeed in you. Hence, if your thought is without any alloy
of evil, free from passion, arid alien from all stain, you are blessed
because you are clear of sight.