I will give you a heart of flesh and remove your heart of stone.
Jesus said, “Do not pour new wine into old wineskins.” Leather can be soft and pliable, or rigid and crusty. The tendency of human beings is to get rigid and inflexible. Jesus wants us to stay malleable and open to the new things He asks of us and wants to teach us.
Fr. Thomas had the gift of stretching us and calling us out of our comfort zones. He wanted us to stay flexible so that we would be open to whatever God wanted us to do.
God is always doing something new but we don’t often perceive it. That is why doing a daily examen is so important.
Daily Examination of Conscience
1. Notice, become aware of the inner movements in our hearts
2. Try to understand
3. Respond – take some action
- Mark 2:21-22
- Isaiah 43:19
- Ezekiel 36:26