If your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven. But how can we be more perfect than the Pharisees? Jesus reminds us that their problem was not in observing God’s law, but of not observing it within: from the heart.
But it’s hard, isn’t it. How can we do that? Today Elijah shows us the way. Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel and bowed down to the earth, putting his face between his knees. Aside from making the decision with our will, and checking daily to see if we are faithful to it, the most important thing is to pray daily, to entrust these little threads which slow us down to the Sacred Heart, for him to burn them up. And not just once. It was only the seventh time that Elijah’s noticed a change. So it is for us: a week of daily silence with God changes our heart and makes us more free. So let us ask God for that freedom in this Eucharist: to spend 10 minutes in silence with him, our Liberator, every day.