“Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness”

As we continue along in Mark (3:22-30), Jesus continues to be abused by the religious leaders — this time the Jerusalem scribes.  His is accused of being possessed by a demon, but not just any evil spirit, Satan Himself.  Jesus goes on to say that it makes no sense that the devil would work against himself.  Worse yet, Jesus accuses His persecutors of the unforgivable sin: Calling the Holy Spirit Lucifer.  We are grateful to know that there is no sin that cannot be forgiven if we are truly contrite and trust in the mercy of Jesus and the efficacy of the Holy Spirit.  Hopefully these scribes repented of their grave sin.  The grace to do so is available to all persons — but we must be open to humbly accepting it.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation can also be called Confession or Penance.  These are important terms because each emphasizes an aspect of renewing a right relationship with God.  Because of contrition (“sorrow of the soul and detestation for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again” — CCC 1451) we seek reconciliation with God by confession of our sins and doing penance for them.  Take advantage of it often!

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