DEAR my friends, here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Mark 3:22-30
And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul, and by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” And he called them to him, and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end.
But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man; then indeed he may plunder his house. “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin” — for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
Let’s focus on this word of Jesus, “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”
From this word we know what is the unforgivable sin which Jesus warns us to avoid. Jesus assures us that the Holy Spirit will give us whatever grace and help we need in our time of adversity.
So we must listen and obey the Holy Spirit. Without listening and obeying him, we are in danger of blaspheming against the Holy Spirit and it is unforgivable and reprehensible. It’s unforgivable because blasphemy consists in uttering against God, inwardly or outwardly, words of hatred, and defiance.
We are blaspheming against the Holy Spirit if we repeatedly closes our eyes to God, shuts our ears to his voice, and reject his word, we bring ourselves to a point where we can no longer recognize God when he can be seen and heard. We become spiritually blind-sighted and speak of evil as good and good as evil.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we believe that there are no limits to the mercy of God. We confess our sins and to ask God for forgiveness. In Jesus Christ, God offers us his mercy, pardon, grace, and healing. He always gives sufficient grace and help to all who humbly call upon him.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, you are our hope and salvation. Thank you for granting us the Holy Spirit who heals and transforms us. Be the ruler of our heart and the master of our lives. May we always listen and obey the Holy Spirit now and forever. Amen.
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