WHAT IS THE COLOR OF YOUR HEART? now? earlier?
RED - Is your heart filled with passion? do you give of yourself and all of your energy to the people and situations that you encounter on a daily basis? or is your passion tamed by laziness, contentment, wearyness, pain or just disinterest? If you were to look in a mirror at your heart, what color is it now? if it is red, can you identify your passion and feed it to help those around you to grow and become the best people that they can be: spouses, children, friends, neighbors,
co-oworkers? Is your passion, the love that you hold for your spouse, a positive strength that empowers you to live a healthy marriage, one that builds each other up so that you can both become the best people that God has created you to be?
Is your passion an affection that is shared with a sense of care and respect? What does passion mean to you and how do you live it in your life? Is it a destructive energy or a constructive energy?
WHITE - Is the color of your heart white? Is it pure, not sinless, but a heart that strives to be a saint in the midst of one's own sin and weakness? one that seeks and receives the graces of God to live in love and peace? one that seeks to extend that love and peace to others? If your heart is white, do you give God permission to write on it whatever He wants you to know and take with you today? or is it filled with clutter with no space for God's writing, instruction or counsel?
If you look and see that your heart is white, does it remind you of your baptism and how God chose you, called you by name and made you His very own out of pure unconditional love?
YELLOW - Is the color of your heart yellow? Are you a source of light to others? can others see
the presence and light of Christ in and through your attitude, actions and deeds?
If the color of your heart is yellow, are you able to recognize that you are the light of Christ that burns brightly in your family, neighborhood, community, church and world? can you recognize that you are the light of Christ, no matter how dim you think your light is, in the midst of the darkness of the world and all of its forces that want to put the light out?
PURPLE - Is the color of your heart purple? are you feeling a sense of remorse, or guilt, or is there a desire to make amends for the sins of the world against the God of love and compassion?
We connect purple to the liturgical seasons of advent and lent. The color reminds us of our need to repent of our sins and seek the mercy of God and others that we have offended. I
s that where your heart is today? How can you make amends today so that you do not carry the burden until advent or lent?
Or is your heart purple because you recognize the sins of our world:addictions, materialism, consumerism, isms.... and how they have killed, mamed, destroyed, the gift of humanity, the very humanity that Jesus Christ died for? Christ died for us sinners, yet we don't all recognize that we were included in His passion, death and resurrection? In our sins and weaknesses we fail to see how God eagerly waits for us to come to Him and seek His mercy, compassion and healing.
We see ourselves as the worst and we fulfill that image in and through our actions towards our self, others and God.
Do you see that self destruction in someone you know and love by their addictions and bad behavior? Is you heart purple because you regret their actions and feel remorse for the self that is lost in the midst of a false self? Is your heart purple because you see where you may have unintentionally participated in the formation of negativity, false ideals, hopes, or expectations?
Can you speak with God about your contrition and seek His guidance to find true healing, and peace so that you can pray for it for those in most need?
BLUE - Is your heart blue? do you feel the refreshing life cleansing waters upon your heart that you were washed in at your baptism? Have you been forgiven by God? someone that you offended but reached out to seeking forgiveness? have you forgiven yourself and laid down your burden of guilt and self condemnation? Where is your peace from? Who can you entend your peace to?
Who can you pray for to receive the peace that God had given you and you would like them to experience? Who in your circle of friends, family or community would you like to see experience this great peace that only God can give and is always ready to shower on those who ask?
Can you say a prayer for peace for them so that their heart can become blue and be the blue that represents the peace and calm of the waters of baptism?
GREEN - Is the color of your heart green? What do you hope for? What does hope mean to you and how do you exude hope to others? There is so much green that surrounds us: trees, leaves, grass, yet in the natural course of nature, there is a time when we don't see the green as much.
It is the same with the human heart. there are times when we are blind to seeing the green of hope because of injury, hurt, and pain, and instead we see despair, discouragement, and we become disenchanted and disillusioned. This occurs through human sins and how they affect us personally. Sin can eliminate hope or make it stronger, it can bring us down or help raise us up to seek the love and mercy of God, sin can cause us to stay face down with fear but hope makes us want to get up and face our fear.
Is the color of your heart green today? What hope have you been given? extended? Has the God of all consolation and love filled you with hope? is it overfloweing and you need to share it? or is it just enough for you to embrace, feel comforted by and rest in?
WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HEART TODAY?
NOW, AT THIS VERY MOMENT?
CAN YOU REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS WHEN YOU WOKE UP THIS MORNING?
WHAT DO YOU WANT IT TO BE WHEN YOU LAY DOWN TO REST?
IS YOUR HEART A RAINBOW?
IS IT A WATERCOLOR? A SKETCH?
DO YOU SEE THE MANY COLORS THAT IT CAN BE,
AND THAT THEY ARE ALL GOOD
BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE HEART OF GOD. YOU ARE HIS BELOVED CHILD,
LOVED UNCONDITIONALLY, HIS GREATEST CREATION.
SO AS LONG AS YOU SEEK TO SERVE HIM WITH AN UNDIVIDED HEART,
YOUR HEART WILL ALWAYS BE A REFLECTION OF LOVE,
LOVE FOR GOD,
SELF AND OTHERS.