Heart of StoneThis reading below hit me right in the gut.  Oh how often I am selfish when I look at all the “simple” things I do in life.

By way of encouragement, God tells us in scripture:  “I will remove the stony heart from their bodies, and replace it with a natural heart…” (Ezekiel 11:19).  But I’m still waiting, asking myself when and how this will happen.

In our community the other day there wasn’t much coffee.

Coffee does me good down here in the desert… it helps me… I am old.

I was worried about not having any, about spending a few hours feeling dull and weak, and so – without perceiving the evil I was doing – I went into the kitchen before the others and drank up all that was left.

Afterwards, having suffered all day and made my confession, I thought in shame of my selfishness, of the ease with which I had excluded my two brothers from those black, bitter remains.

It seems a tiny thing, yet in that cup of coffee, taken and not shared with my brothers, is the root of all the evil which disturbs us, the poison of all the arrogance which selfishness, riches, and power create.

The difference between me and Jesus is right here, in an affair that seems simple but isn’t at all; after a whole life time it is still there to make you think.  Jesus would have left the coffee for his brothers; I excluded my brothers.

No, it isn’t easy to live with hearts like ours:  let us confess it.


      From The God Who Comes by Carlo Carretto


Lord, please take our hearts of stone and replace them with the heart of Jesus.  Amen.