Circumcision of the Heart

St. Paul spoke to the people about a circumcision of the heart “In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.”  Colossians 2:11-12

“Circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God.” Romans 2:29

God established two covenants with His people.  The Old Covenant was defined by the Law of Moses.  The New Covenant is defined by the Passion of Jesus Christ, by the Sacred Blood of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus.  The Old Covenant was written on tablets of stone, but the New Covenant must be etched upon our hearts.

You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” 2 Corinthians 3:3

When the love of Jesus circumcises our hearts, our hearts change, our priorities change, our mission in life changes, what constitutes success changes, that which we desire changes.  For me all of this occurred as I began to meditate on the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  When I began Walking the Way to Calvary I fell in love with my Saviour Jesus Christ.  I was filled with wonder and awe, with reverence and desire for Him.  I try not to let a single day go by without meditating on the Passion of Christ.  I do this at 3pm, the time Jesus died for us every day and daily my heart is circumcised by His infinite love.  I once had a selfish perspective, but the Way to Calvary has opened for me a portent of light which focuses my life on the Will of God.  I focus on the eternal horizon and on the promise of eternal life with Jesus.

Fidelity and obedience to God’s law can be difficult when the law is something external to us, but fidelity and obedience to God becomes the only path that makes sense when the Passion of Christ carves the Holy Name of Jesus upon our hearts.  If we want to be faithful and truly belong to God, then we must get to know the Crucified Jesus and when we get to know the Crucified Lord we will fall deeply in love with Him.

Every day the New Covenant is renewed in my heart.  The sacrifice of Jesus changes my heart a little more each day.  Jesus has circumcised my heart.  His name is upon my heart.  My life belongs to Him and His precepts are etched permanently in my mind and upon my heart.  He suffered so much to save us, and I now want to give Him everything!

“The days are coming,” declares the Lord, 
“when I will make a new covenant
 with the people of Israel
 and with the people of Judah. It will not be like the covenant
 I made with their ancestors
 when I took them by the hand 
to lead them out of Egypt,
 because they broke my covenant,
 though I was a husband to them,”
 declares the Lord. “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel 
after that time,” declares the Lord.
 “I will put my law in their minds 
and write it on their hearts.  
I will be their God, and they will be my people.  No longer will they teach their neighbor,
 or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ 
because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,”
 declares the Lord.
“For I will forgive their wickedness 
and will remember their sins no more.”  Jeremiah 31: 31-34

 

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