With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, hearts are in evidence just about everywhere. And that’s understandable, because for us, hearts are a symbol of love. Hearts come to mind when we think about our "sweethearts."
Jesus wants us to think about hearts too. In today’s gospel, he’s concerned that our hearts be clean, and not filled with things that "defile" them. We might say that Jesus is concerned with the condition and health of our hearts, because he wants our hearts for himself. Jesus wants us to open our hearts to his love; he wants our hearts to be united in love; he wants to fill our hearts with the pure and perfect love that only he is able to give.
That’s why, at this and every Mass, we’ve invited to "lift up" our hearts – to raise our hearts to Jesus and place them in his hands, that he might take our hearts, and place them next to his.