Blessed Are the Pure in Heart

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Jesus’ sixth Beatitude, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God,” is perhaps the most difficult for us to understand, and to experience. We are all too aware of our divided and anxious hearts, and further we tend to interpret purity in a moralistic way.  Cynthia Bourgeault offers a different perspective.  “In wisdom teaching, purity means singleness, and the proper translation of this beatitude is “Blessed are those whose heart is not divided” or “whose heart is a unified whole”.  It’s about becoming single in the sense of mind and heart both going in the same direction, aligned with God, wanting one thing only. This is the singleness that Jesus taught and practiced.

When your heart becomes ‘single’ – that is, when it desires one thing only, when it can live in perfect alignment with that resonant field of mutual yearning we called ‘the righteousness of God’, then you ’see God’.”  Think about that.  When have you experienced such “singleness of heart”, if only for a moment?  When have you “seen God?”   To listen to Pastor Ernie’s message, click on “Blessed are the Pure in Heart”