"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." Matthew 5:9
Purity is a significant theme of the Old Testament, a reflection of God's perfection. The Israelites were given specific instructions on how to make something pure, how to maintain purity, and how to restore purity. It was regular and sometimes full time work.
What do you think it means to be pure of heart? Do practices cause you to feel pure in heart? If so, why? If not, why not? Who comes to mind when you think of "pure in heart"? What is it about that person that causes you to see him/her that way?
The result in the beatitude is to "see God." How do you experience God? Think about times where you feel particularly aware of God's presence or God's work. Is there a connection you can find between those experiences and your understanding of a pure heart?
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