THE UNFORGIVABLE SIN
Monday in the Third Week in Ordinary Time
Scripture Readings: 2 Samuel 5:1-7, 10; Psalms 89:20, 21-22, 25-26; Mark 3:22-30
My dear encountered couples:
“Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. He carries the guilt of his sin without end.” This is the unforgivable sin.
Jesus was performing miracles, expelling demons, bringing forgiveness of sins to the people in need. The scribes and Pharisees accused Jesus of being a servant of demons. They ascribed his works to Satan. Nothing can be done for people who insist on believing such nonsense. Not even God can help them.
Here they have God become a human being and trying to bring God’s forgiveness to them. They said he was from the devil - maybe even of the devil. God Himself they accused of being possessed by an unclean spirit.
He who is united with the Holy Spirit is accused of being united with an unclean spirit, a demon. No greater blasphemy can be committed.
When a person does this, he puts himself in a position of the impossibility of forgiveness. For to be forgiven requires movement of us by the Holy Spirit to sorrow for sins. When a person rejects that Holy Spirit by believing He is an evil spirit, then there is no way that God can get through to the sinner. All avenues are closed.
The unforgivable sin is made unforgivable not by God but by the sinner who refuses entrance of the Holy Spirit into his life. This is the tragedy of all tragedies. May none of us ever make it happen.