MONDAY HOMILY FOR 3RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YR. B
THEME: Beware of the Sin Against the Holy Spirit
BY: Fr. Obinna Ezeaputa
In today’s gospel reading (Mark 3:22–30), the scribes accuse Jesus of possessing Beelzebul, the prince of demons, and claim that he casts out demons by the ruler of demons. Jesus refutes this by arguing that a house divided against itself cannot stand and that he is plundering Satan’s house.
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He warns us about the grave sin of blaspheming against the Holy Spirit. This is a sobering reminder of the importance of respecting the divine presence within us and in others.
The Catholic Church teaches us that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, also known as sin against the Holy Spirit, is the deliberate rejection of God’s grace and the attribution of God’s works to the power of evil. This is a grave offense, as it rejects the very source of our salvation and hope (CCC 1855, 1864).
Let us reflect on our own lives and ask ourselves: Have we ever rejected God’s grace or attributed His works to evil? Have we ever denied the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives or in the lives of others, thereby committing a grave offense that borders on blasphemy?
May we seek forgiveness for any such transgressions and strive to cultivate a deep reverence for the divine presence within us and in others. May we also pray for those who have committed this sin that they may find forgiveness and healing through God’s mercy. Amen.
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