January 14, 2021
Oh, that today you would hear his voice, “Harden not your hearts… (Hebrews 3:7)
“If today you hear his voice, harden not your heart.” (Psalm 95:8)
In today’s first reading, and again in our Responsorial Psalm, we hear the familiar words: If today you hear his voice, harden not your heart.
What does it mean to “harden your heart?” Perhaps the easiest way come to an understanding of a hardened heart is to describe the opposite type of heart – a “soft” heart if you will.
A soft heart is warm and welcoming, flexible and forgiving, open and tolerant. So a hard heart must be cold and inhospitable, inflexible and unforgiving, closed and intolerant. If we are Christians truly focused on living out the two greatest commandments, to love God and love others, it seems a soft heart would be a necessity.
Surely if we were to hear God’s voice, our heart would not harden…would it?
We need to remember that God speaks to us through the people we encounter in our daily lives: the co-worker we ignore each day because he is a little odd, our sister that we have yet to forgive after she said something hurtful to us, the homeless man we pass on the street and pretend not to see, the man on the bus we fear because of the way he looks or the color of his skin, and the spouse we argued with simply out of a need to be “right.”
Today you will hear God’s voice. He will speak through the people He puts in your life. What type of a heart will He find beating in you?