"But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin." – Mk. 3 : 29 (NRSV)
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Dear friends in Christ Jesus, we all know that during Jesus' three years of public ministry he was always busy and hardly had any time for himself. There were always people around him and often he did not eat or take rest. The little free time he had he used to spend in prayer communing with his Father. Some of the scribes claimed that Jesus is possessed by an evil spirit and by the ruler of demons he casts out demons (v.22). Jesus is making them aware of the fact that evil spirits won't work against themselves, why should they destroy their own kingdom. Jesus in his life filled with the Holy Spirit was trying to build up God's kingdom. It is also a fact that Satan using evil spirits is trying to build up his own kingdom.
The question we need to ask is what spirit do we possess? Are we filled with the Holy Spirit trying to build up God's kingdom, or are we on the side of Satan? The true sign of the Holy Spirit is unity and love and the sign of evil spirit is division and chaos.
The Holy Spirit gives us eternal life and the evil spirit leads our souls to destruction. As workers in the vineyard of God's Kingdom, let us spread love and help out our fellow brethren to receive the Holy Spirit. A person who is truly filled with the Holy Spirit can not be easily attacked by the evil spirit.
Let us earnestly ask Jesus to fill us all with the Holy Spirit so that we can continue the mission that he has entrusted to us and that is leading all people to the Truth. In our mission encounters we may come across people who are so stubborn and hard hearted who may not be willing to listen to us or listen to their conscience even. Let us not lose our hearts in such situations but rather offer their souls to Jesus in prayer and then see the miracles.
Holding the pierced feet of Jesus and looking at his five wounds and trusting in his precious blood and adoring his opened side and stricken heart. Let us implore that we may never sin against the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Reflection on Mk. 3: 20-35 by Fr. George Joseph SVD
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