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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Monday of the 3rd Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

January 28, 2019

Monday of the 3rd Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Hebrews 9:15, 24-28 ;

Psalm 98:1-6;

Gospel MK 3:22-30


The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said of Jesus, "He is possessed by Beelzebul," and "By the prince of demons he drives out demons."

Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables, "How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand; that is the end of him. But no one can enter a strong man's house to plunder his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can plunder his house.  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." For they had said, "He has an unclean spirit." 

 

 

Sin against the Holy Spirit

 

Opposition to Jesus from various quarters is not an unfamiliar material in the gospels. Today we have such a story of hostility to reflect on. It is the story of every good person defamed, and of every good name maligned. There are some people who refuse to recognize good in others no matter in what way it is presented. These people might include individuals closest to us for either they do not understand what we are about or they do not want to respond positively to the demands that a good life makes on them.


Jesus’ dream of life was to establish the Kingdom of God. This did by means of his teaching, healing and exorcism. These actions of Jesus have attracted many to Jesus and his hectic activity leaves him no room even for a meal. But would any meal matter to him? His meal is a different one (Jn 4:32).


Now those who work against the transformation of the society into the Kingdom of God would fight tooth and nail to subvert the cause of Jesus. ‘He has a demon’, ‘he is in league with Beelzebul,’ ‘he is league with satanic forces’ are the allegations that experts from the capital, Jerusalem have made. Until the middle ages, this is a crime that got you burnt at stake. Even the family of Jesus finds some ‘truth’ in these allegations and want to rescue him. They have managed to mitigate the ‘crime’ of Jesus with the claim that he was only mentally deranged, or at the most, he was mad.


Yet, these forces that he was allegedly in collusion with that he had set out to uproot from the society to transform it into the Kingdom of God. Although his words and deeds were marked with the seal of divinity, yet, his enemies would be bent on rocking the boat instigating the crowd against him. This is the sin against the Holy Spirit. In spite of the clear evidence presented to you of the identity of the son of God, they not only willingly and deliberately refused to accept good, but actively chose to destroy the good that is divine. This is the sin that does not find forgiveness before God.


All of us are products of our age, tradition, and geographical location which give us a perspective on everything. Indeed, we have our right to hold our perspectives. But let us also pray that we are made open to the good that is all around us that the kingdom might soon be established among us.


Dr. Benny Thettayil CMI


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