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September 2, 2012 - Hearts Not for Defilement

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Homily Prep Notes - Mark 7:1-23

(vv. 21-23) “Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile. From within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile.”



-“defilement” a very strong word… Old Testament and New Testament aspects ceremonial and moral

   = tame (Heb.)..... koinos (Gk.)… profane as opposed to sacred… impure as opposed to pure

   = ceremonial: a priest of the temple having touched a dead corpse would have to go through a process and a period of time in order to enter back into the temple, the place of the most intense presence of the Living God

   = moral: the image from the beginning of the book of the prophet Isaiah, people standing with hands raised in worship to God, yet he sees blood on them from the way they treat other persons

-“defilement” is appropriate however, in light of how intensely beautiful and sacred space the heart ought to be…… the Old Testament Temple was the place of God's holy dwelling… and things profane defilement… the human heart from the beginning of creation, and certainly all the more so since the outpouring of the Holy Spirit after the death resurrection of Christ, is a place for God's holy dwelling in the communication of love

-how are you going to root out any defilement from your heart? Let the light of God into your heart!

-your heart ought to be the topic of conversation in prayer


-Psa 4:7 “thou hast put gladness in my heart”

-Psa 9:1“I will praise thee with all my heart”

-Psa 10:17 “thou wilt strengthen the heart of the meek”

-Psa 13:2 “how long must I have sorrow in my heart all the day?

-Psa 13:5 “My heart will rejoice in thy salvation”

-Psa 16:9 “my heart is glad, my soul rejoices”

-Psa 17:3 “if thou triest my heart, thou wilt find no wickedness in me”

-Psa 19:14 “Let the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, oh Lord”

-Psa 22:14 “I import out like water, my heart is like wax, it is melted within my breast”

-Psa 25:17 “Lord, relieve the troubles of my heart”

-Psa 26:2 “Prove me, oh Lord, test my heart and my mind”

-Psa 27:8 “my heart says to the, thy face Lord do I seek”

-Psa 33:21 “our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name”

-Psa 38:8 “I groan because of the tumult of my heart”

-Psa 38:10 “my heart throbs, my strength fails me”

-Psa 39:3 “my heart became heart within me”

-Psa 40:8 “I delight to do thy will, oh Lord, thy law is within my heart”

-Psa 40:10 “I have not hid thy saving help within my heart; rather I have spoken of thy salvation”

-Psa 40:12 “evils have encompassed me… my heart fails me”

-Psa 44:18 “Lord, our heart has not turned back”

-Psa 45:1 “my heart overflows with a goodly theme”

-Psa 49:3 “the meditation of my heart shall be understanding”

-Psa 51:6 “teach me wisdom in my secret heart”

-Psa 51:10 “create in me a clean heart, oh God”

-Psa 51:17 “a broken and contrite heart oh God thou wilt not despise

-Psa 55:4 “my heart is in anguish within me”

-Psa 57:7 “my heart is steadfast, oh God. My heart is steadfast.”

-Psa 61:2 “From the end of the earth I called to thee, when my heart is faint”

-Psa 62:8 “trust in him at all times, all people, pour out your hearts before him.”

-Psa Psa 69:20 “insults have broken my heart, so that I am in despair”

-Psa 73:21 “when my soul was embittered I was pierced in the heart”

-Psa 77:6 “I commune with my heart in the night, I meditate and search my spirit”

-Psa 84:2 “my heart and soul sing for joy to the living God”

-Psa 86:11 “oh Lord, unite my heart to fear your name”

-Psa 86:12 “Oh Lord, my God, with my whole heart I will praise thy name forever”

-Psa 94:19 “when the cares of my heart are many, the consolations cheer my soul”

-Psa 101:2 “I walk with integrity of heart within my house”

-Psa 101:4 “perverseness of heart shall be far from me”

-Psa 102:4 “my heart is smitten like grass”

-Psa 109:22 “my heart is stricken within me”

-Psa 119:7 “I will praise thee with an upright heart, when I learn thy ordinances”

-Psa 119:10 “with my whole heart I seek thee”

-Psa 119:11 “I have laid up thy word in my heart”

-Psa 119:36 “incline my heart to thy testimonies, and not to gain”

-Psa 119:69 “with my whole heart I keep thy precepts”

-Psa 119:80 “may my heart be blameless in thy statutes”

-Psa 119:111 “thy testimonies are the joy of my heart”

-Psa 119:112 “I incline my heart to perform thy statutes forever”

-Psa 119:145 “with my whole heart I cry, answer me, oh Lord”

-Psa 119:161 “princes persecute me without cause, but my heart stands in all of thy words”

-Psa 131:1 “oh Lord, my heart is not lifted up, my eyes are not raised too high”

-Psa 138:1 “Oh Lord, with my whole heart before the gods I sing your praise”

-Psa 139:23 “search me oh God, and know my heart. Test me and know my thoughts”

-Psa 141:4 “incline not my heart to any evil”

-Psa 143:4 “my spirit faints within me, my heart is appalled”


-are you regularly speaking with the Lord about what is in your heart? This is a significant way of allowing him in to adjust your heart and make it more fulyl the holy sanctuary he desires it to be.


-What do you want in your heart? What is supposed to be there? “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.


St. John Houghton, Carthusian Prior, the first Tyburn, died May 4 1535, because he would not acknowledge the supremacy of King Henry VIII over the Church in England. His last words were, as the executioner prepared to tear out his heart: “Good Jesus, what will you do with my heart?” (Seven Carthusians died at Tyburn.)


Jesus reply? Don't know... but something like this? “Because your heart has been such a sanctuary of communion throughout your entire life, I will continue to use it as such in heaven… and the example of your heart belonging to me on earth, I will continue to use to the end of time to inspire all men to make their heart a sanctuary for me.”


Iustus germinabit sicut lilium: et florebit in aeternum ante Dominum.
-- Gospel Acclamation, Solemnity of St. Joseph, March 19

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