“Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes with which Christ looks out his compassion to the world. Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which he is to bless us now.”
~ Saint Teresa of Avila
Ezekiel 36:26 talks about how God will “…remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that’s God-willed, not self-willed.” (MSG Translation)
An interesting phenomenon can occur in our hearts when we’ve been involved in the pursuit of racial justice for a long time. Fatigue sets in as we see strides being made and opposition pushing back. For every three steps forward it feels as though we take five steps back. The flame of our creativity gets snuffed out like a birthday candle and our hearts can become calloused.
The Hebrew translation of the word heart however, was never about an organ that surreptitiously keeps us alive by pumping blood and oxygen throughout the body. Early believers understood the heart to be the place where our thoughts, desires, longings, emotions and choices all come together to help us make sense of our world.
Consider this definition as you listen to the passage being read.