A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.
One of the themes that we face every morning is: “If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts.” (Ps 95)* One of the ways our hearts can be hardened is when we no longer have compassion on others; when we can no longer feel the pain of another but rather we judge their intentions. When we can no longer see things from another person’s view is when we become hardened. We make it so that nothing will penetrate us and we walk along with our faces like flint—and what’s worse, our heart becomes like stone. It’s then that we lose the buoyancy of life. The Spirit cannot come in and break open our heart and make it beat for others and make it be one with Christ.
What are the different ways in which your heart may be tempted to become hard? What are the signals that tell you that you need to be careful to not continue going down a path? When Lent comes we need to stare at those things. We all need an Exodus experience, when we get out of our comfort zones, when we get out of the things that we just do without even thinking. We need to put thought into what we’re doing. Somewhere along the line we’re all going to be tempted or we’re all going to be brought to a place where we’re uncomfortable and we need to know what to do in those situations.
Who’s leading you? Is it yourself? Be wary if it is you. By working through prayer and the Holy Spirit over and over again, you will learn the voice of the Lord.
*The nuns sing Psalm 95 every morning in Lent for the invitatory psalm at Matins.