Accepting God’s Mercy

Bulletin Reflection from Deacon Lyle

In today’s Gospel, Jesus has just been healing and casting out demons in Galilee. Along with the crowds come people who do not understand what He is doing. Even His friends think He has lost His mind and needs to be taken away for a while. The scribes who came down from Jerusalem accuse Him of being possessed by the prince of demons.

The reality is just the opposite. Jesus is revealing Himself as the one promised in our first reading to be the seed of the woman who has come to crush the head of the demonic serpent. In the parable of the Strong Man, Jesus reveals that He has come not just to punish the devil but to free those bound by him.

The scribes blaspheme by attributing this work of the Holy Spirit to demons. Jesus adds a statement that should shock us all, “whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness.” The only sin that cannot be forgiven is the deliberate refusal to accept the mercy offered through the Holy Spirit.

We must imitate those who sat at Jesus’ feet. As he said, “Whoever does the will of God is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

Deacon Lyle

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