Posted by: livingscripture | January 23, 2012

Third Monday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Amen I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be forgiven them.  But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin.”

                                     Mark 3: 28-29                                                                                              

How should we live this Word 

Jesus proclaims the Gospel of the Kingdom, “Be converted, and believe in the Gospel.”  But there are Scribes who not only refuse this invitation but interpret the evidence badly, calling good evil.  For them, Jesus is possessed and His works are accomplished through Satan.  This is the sin against the Holy Spirit. Jesus first attempts to reason with them, seeking to make them see the absurdity of their position that lacks all logic. Satan cannot cast out Satan!

Jesus is the strong man of the parable, come to free the world from the powers of evil and save those who convert and believe in Him as the One sent by the Father.  Only after His effort to open their eyes fails, Jesus strongly denounces the unforgiveable sin, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.  Their obstinacy closes itself in guilty blindness before the prophetic preaching and the merciful, compassionate activity of Jesus.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will seek to understand the gravity of reaching the point of hating and rejecting God.  It is an obstinate attitude that exchanges light for darkness and love for hatred.

Lord Jesus, my freedom is played out here!  You are Holy and you know me in my depths.  Free me from every attitude of opposition to You and Your salvific will for me.  In Your love, help me to understand better and embrace Your plan for me.  May Your Kingdom come!

The voice of Gianfranco Ravasi, Contemporary Spiritual Guide 

When you see the good Jesus works, the freedom from evil He offers, the Spirit of salvation He effuses in the hearts and flesh of humans, and for egotistical motives, self-interest, power, or jealousy, you call all this evil and the fruit of diabolical operation, you ‘blaspheme against the Spirit.’

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