Ephesians 1:15-23; Psalm 8:2-7; Luke 12:8-12
BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL NOT BE FORGIVEN
“The sin against the Spirit consists of knowing a thing to be good and hating it because it is good.” Simone Weil
1~ Consciously or unconsciously we have often found ourselves sinning against the Spirit, whenever our actions are led by the seven deadly sins: pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth. We have to be aware that there is no sin that is beyond the mercy of God. If one can ask for forgiveness, mercy will be granted.
2~ To buttress the above point, Vatican II document, SC, 11, stated that “Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from the mercy of God for their offenses committed against Him. They are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church whom they have wounded by their sin.
3~ Then why is the sin against the Holy Spirit not forgiven? This is because according to St. Thomas Aquinas, one excluded the sources of pardon itself. St. John Paul II stated that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit may not just be in words, but “consists rather in the refusal to accept the salvation which God offers to man through the Holy Spirit, working through the power of the cross.
4~ This will be evidenced in total rejection of conversion, that is, the refusal to give up one’s sins. In the first reading, we saw what accepting the Holy Spirit will result into, which the Ephesians showed in their faith that manifested love to everyone. St. Paul prayed that they will live in hope. On the contrary, the rejection of the Holy Spirit is seen in despairing souls.
5~ Dear friend, “Once an atom of pure good has entered the soul, the most criminal weakness is infinitely less dangerous than the very slightest treason…” Simone Weil.
The Holy Spirit is willing to help us to repent of our sins; His presence weakens the power of sin. O Lord, may we not close our hearts against the Holy Spirit today. Amen
“When the sense of smell in one’s soul is healthy, then we can immediately perceive the stench from our sins.” St. Augustine
May God help us to live in the Spirit this weekend
Fr Joseph Chukwugozie Ikegbunam
Holy Angels Parish and St Mary’s Parish, St Albans, Vermont