“…Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Brethren, what shall we do?’ And Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, every one whom the Lord our God calls to him.’” (Acts 2: 37-39)
Having heard St. Peter speak about Christ right after the descent of the Holy Spirit, the people were “cut” or “pierced” in the heart (κατενύγησαν τὴν καρδίαν). This experience makes them teachable, and they ask: What shall we do?
Today there are various experiences in my life that may “cut to the heart.” Let me receive them as Spirit-filled messages, making me teachable, - making me realize that, without His help, I simply don’t know what to do. But I can ask, and be helped, “For,” as the apostle reminded us at Pentecost, “the promise is to you and your children and to all that are far off, every one whom the Lord our God calls to him.” Let me call to Him today, as He calls to me, in the small and large “cuts” to my heart. “A sacrifice to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart God will not despise.” (Ps 50/51: 17)