By Sister Marietta Wethington
As I was pondering about this reflection, a line from Psalm 95 kept going through my head: If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your heart. What is a hardened heart? Do I have one? Pope Francis tells us this passage reminds us of parental tenderness that tells sinners to come to God. We are all sinners. We all have a piece of hardness.
What causes this hardness? There are many things that could bring about hardness of heart. It could be a painful experience of childhood, rejection by a family member, a close friend or a co-worker.
How do we rid ourselves of the hardness? I believe it is a choice. Do I want to have a hardened heart, always keeping people at a distance? Or do I want to open my heart and welcome people into my life? You might ask yourself: What would Jesus do? What would Saint Angela do?
I don’t have to reflect long to know my answer. I invite you to reflect on this and to spend some time journaling about it.