Posted by: livingscripture | January 27, 2014

Third Monday in 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.  For they had said, ‘He has an unclean spirit’.

(Mark 3: 28-30)

 

How should we live this Word? pharisees 2

In what does such a serious blasphemy consist that it makes the one who pronounces it incapable of receiving God’s forgiveness?  It consists in defining as demonic the One on Whom the Holy Spirit of God rests, and believing that what is done in virtue of this Spirit, is instead a work of Satan.

Those who knowingly and willingly reverse in this manner facts and persons, leaving no space to correct their judgments, will find it very difficult to succeed in opening themselves to a journey of conversion.  This is why Jesus’ words are so severe.  To knowingly distort reality, intentions of the heart, words, and meanings of someone’s actions is much more serious than falling into temptation out of weakness or because of an error in judgment.

It is a sin against truth and it betrays truth.  It also betrays the good because it calls it evil and later it will call evil good.  This is not a very unusual way of acting and we see it clearly in discussions between politicians who twist each other’s words, placing in their mouth words they never said or intentions they did not have.  But this also happens among regular people, among us when it is convenient to obscure the truth and make it impossible to know.

We can do the same thing with the Lord when we exploit His Word, causing misunderstanding for our own convenience and not due to lack of knowledge.

Today in my time for silent contemplation, I will ask for the gift of always loving the truth, even when it goes against my interests.  Only in this way can I be truly free, and thus the Holy Spirit will rest on me.

Lord, grant that I may be a lover of the truth, a seeker of truth, a servant of Your Truth. 

The voice of Mahatma Gandhi                 

We arrive at truth with total deference and with absolute indifference for any other advantage that life can offer.  Those who seek the Truth must be ready to sacrifice everything for the Truth.


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