“The lamp of the body is your eye. When your eye is sound, then your whole body is filled with light, but when it is bad, then your body is in darkness.” Luke 11:34
Jesus came to call us out of our own darkness into light. Like a good physician who recognizes that an eye is diseased, works to bring healing to that eye, so that light can once again flood the soul. But how does ones soul become dark, smothering out the inner light?
Perhaps our hearts become hardened through becoming too accustomed to things that are not of the light. We become desensitized to sin that it no longer causes a little prick of pain that makes us wince and turn away. A hardened heart is one, like a man’s calloused hand, that at first the hand works, and develops a blister, feels the pain of the act, but over time, a callous forms in that spot and leaves him to not consider the pain again. Our first step towards sin can be like this; at first we feel very acutely the effects of sin; we hear the alarm of warning in our hearts. But as we continue to repeat a sin, our hearts harden and no longer see the wrong done, or the pain caused. It becomes a habit.
Let us today be aware of our hearts. Is the darkness there due to a hardening of the heart? The Sacrament of reconciliation, and reading the daily scriptures can help to soften the calluses and bring us once again to have our hearts pure, and bright, shining for God alone.
May God Bless You!