Clean Hands and a Pure Heart
"He who has clean hands and a pure heart" can stand in the holy place"
Clean hands are hands that are not used for acts of violence. They are hands that are not soiled with corruption, with bribery. A pure heart - when is the heart pure?
A heart is pure when it does not pretend and it is not stained with lies and hypocrisy, a heart that remains transparent like spring water because it is alien to duplicity. A heart is pure when it does not estrange itself with the drunkenness of pleasure, a heart in which love is true and not only a momentary passion.
Clean hands and a pure heart: If we walk with Jesus, we ascend and find the purification that truly brings us to the height to which man is destined - friendship with God himself."
Pope Benedict XVI
Exerpt From Homily, Palm Sunday of the Passion of our Lord, April 1, 2007