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January 27, 2020

In today’s reading, the focus is on the Gospel of Mark 3:28-29. 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. Jesus is speaking here, and Jesus is the one who forgives sin. If all sin is forgiven, then what is Jesus speaking about here? He is stating that there is one unpardonable sin. This is the sin against the Holy Spirit.

Jesus currently sits at the right hand of God the Father. (Romans 8:34 and Colossians 3:1) Jesus was never two places at one time as he walked the earth. Therefore, after his ascension, Jesus asked God the Father to send the Holy Spirit, who could indwell all believers in him (John 14:16, 17; 16:8, 9).

One cannot reject God and receive forgiveness (Hebrews 10:29 and John 3:18). The problem is not God’s refusal to forgive, but a person’s rejection of Christ (Galatians 3:26; 4:6, 7; Romans 8:9).

The question today and every day is: Knowing these truths from the Bible, are we living out the gospel and introducing others to Christ who alone redeems and saves us from hell? Saint Peter Julian Eymard and our beloved Blessed Sacrament Congregation have stated in their Rule of Life: “A community does not exist for its own sake, but aims at being a setting for seeking God to reveal his love to people.”

Let Us Pray:

Dear heavenly Father, help us continue to reflect your love and to draw others to you. In your precious name Jesus. Amen.

 

Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)

 


About Rick Costanza

Rick is a parishioner at Saint Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland Ohio and a member of the parish's Men's Bible Study.