«Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh» (Ezekiel 11: 19).
An organ transplant consists of replacing a damaged organ with another that functions in a healthy way. The technique was successfully implemented for the first time in 1954 by a medical team from Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston (USA). Currently, every year, thousands of people benefit from this technique that allows many patients’ lives to be prolonged. However, transplants seem to affect not only the physical aspects but also the personality of the receivers. Those who underwent a heart transplant noticed important changes in their attitudes, behavior, preference for food, music, art, and even sexual needs after the surgery. And these changes seemed to be related to the donor’s personality. Researchers Paul Pearsall from university of Miami and Gary Schwartz and Linda Russek from University of Arizona, exhaustively interviewed ten people who received a heart transplant in order to evaluate if the personality changes matched the donor’s history. Even if some changes in the receivers could be influenced by a previous knowledge of the donor’s characteristics, in many cases, the coincidences were incomprehensible. To explain this phenomenon, the researchers proposed the cellular memory theory that suggests that every cell of our body holds information about our personality, which can be transferred with a donated organ. This would explain these parallelisms.
Even if science does not provide enough proof to sustain this theory, and the little proof found can be seriously questioned from methodological and/or spiritual points on view, the example is useful to illustrate the change of heart proposed by God in today’s verse, «I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh» (Ezek. 11:19). Our heart, which is tough, selfish, and insensitive to the needs of others, needs to be changed into a better one. A Christ-like heart to show love to our neighbor is what you and I need. The surgery is free and instant if we accept God’s intervention. And the changes will be reflected in our personality: our behavior, thoughts, and actions will be selfless and filled with love, just like Jesus’s.
Accept today the change that will give you the opportunity to live while transforming your inclinations until you reflect the image of Christ who is our Great Donor.