Ord. Wk 10th: Sunday,  Sunday, 10th June,2018  (Mk 3:22-26,28-30)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Forgiveness of Sins: In today’s Gospel, Jesus proclaimed to the scribes and us that God will forgive all our sins provided we are repentant and desire to be reconciled with Him.  However, if we reject God’s Forgiving Love and Mercy, we sin against the Holy Spirit.  God will not impose His Mercy upon us.

Fr Philip Heng, S.J

The scribes who had come down from Jerusalem were saying, Beelzebul is in him,’ and, ‘It is through the prince of devils that he drives devils out.’ So he called them to him and spoke to them in parables, ‘How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot last. And if a household is divided against itself, that household can never last. Now if Satan has rebelled against himself and is divided, he cannot last either - it is the end of him. 

‘In truth I tell you, all human sins will be forgiven, and all the blasphemies ever uttered; but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, but is guilty of an eternal sin.’ This was because they were saying, ‘There is an unclean spirit in him.’

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • God’s Mercy is infinite because His Love is unconditional. Anyone who refuses to acknowledge and confess their sins and ask God for forgiveness is rejecting God's Mercy; therefore blaspheming against the Holy Spirit. 

  • Jesus is our hope and salvation and He gives us the power and help of the Holy Spirit. Is the Lord the ruler of your heart and the master of your home?

  • Ponder on whether there is someone whom you find difficult to forgive.  What is the ‘biggest’ obstacle that is preventing you from growing in your love for Jesus?  “What is Jesus saying to me here and now”?