When Jesus talks about being pure in heart, he is talking about integrity—doing things right. He doesn’t necessarily mean living a dull or boring life, never straying from the path of what is right.
We all make mistakes, some more than others, but if we are able to learn the errors of our ways, and then learn from our mistakes, we can talk to God and ask for his forgiveness, his guidance and his love.
For many people, they do not have to be pure in heart in order to see God, because he is always there. We may need to look for him sometimes because we may feel that he has let us down. But he is teaching us a lesson. We know we have strayed and have asked for his help.
He may not give us the help in the way we think or hope he will. We have to work for it. We need to open our hearts and then we will see God.
The Reverend Deacon Sheila Plant , St. Luke’s Burlington.