Friday, October 15, 2010
SATURDAY 28TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
SATURDAY 28TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
That is why I, having once heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus,
and your love for all God's holy people, have never failed to thank
God for you and to remember you in my prayers. May the God of our Lord
Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a spirit of wisdom and
perception of what is revealed, to bring you to full knowledge of him.
May he enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope
his call holds for you, how rich is the glory of the heritage he
offers among his holy people, and how extraordinarily great is the
power that he has exercised for us believers; this accords with the
strength of his power at work in Christ, the power which he exercised
in raising him from the dead and enthroning him at his right hand, in
heaven, far above every principality, ruling force, power or
sovereignty, or any other name that can be named, not only in this age
but also in the age to come. He has put all things under his feet, and
made him, as he is above all things, the head of the Church; which is
his Body, the fullness of him who is filled, all in all.
'I tell you, if anyone openly declares himself for me in the presence
of human beings, the Son of man will declare himself for him in the
presence of God's angels. But anyone who disowns me in the presence of
human beings will be disowned in the presence of God's angels.
'Everyone who says a word against the Son of man will be forgiven, but
no one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will be forgiven. 'When
they take you before synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do
not worry about how to defend yourselves or what to say, because when
the time comes, the Holy Spirit will teach you what you should say.'
Today's gospel reading speaks of the unforgivable sin, which is
against the Holy Spirit. Both Matthew and Mark record that Jesus spoke
about this sin immediately after the scribes and Pharisees had
attributed his cures to Beelzebul, the prince of devils, instead of to
God. The scribes and the Pharisees could look at the very grace and
power of God and call it the work of the devil. To understand this, we
must remember that Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit as the Jews
understood that conception, not in the full Christian sense about
which his audience at that time obviously knew nothing.
To a Jew, God's Spirit had two great functions. Through his Spirit, he
told his truth to people and it was by the action of the Spirit in a
person's mind and heart that he could recognize and grasp God's truth.
If a person for long enough refuses to use a faculty or talent that he
has acquired, he will lose it.
By repeatedly refusing God's word, by repeatedly going our own sinful
and selfish ways, not God's way, by repeatedly shutting our eyes to
God, we can come to a stage when we do not recognize God when we see
Him, when to us evil becomes good and good becomes evil. This is what
happened to the scribes and Pharisees.
Now, why is that the unforgivable sin? Because in such a state,
repentance is impossible. If a person does not realize that he is
sinning, if goodness no longer makes any appeal to him, he cannot
repent. By his repeated refusals, he has shut himself out. Such a
person is so dead to God that he is conscious of no sin at all.
In the gospel of St. John, the favorite title of the Holy Spirit is
the Paraclete. Paraclete means someone who stands by to help. In the
day of trouble, there need be no fear, for no less a person than the
Holy Spirit of God stands by to help us.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
-Jon and Malou Abundo
-Bob Barsotti and Harry Shearer
… for the personal intentions of
-Eunice Pdl Cuenca
-Gilda Malinit Lawrence
-Marrion V. Ponce de Leon
.. for the safety of Conchita
… for the healing and peace of all families
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
-Birthday: Ernani S. Escopete
-Birthday: Yeng R. Cruz
-Birthday: Msgr. Esteban Lo, LRMS
-Wedding Anniversary: Ferdie & Cathy Co
-Wedding Anniversary: Fulgencio & Camilla Yu Contreras
-In Memoriam (+): Isabel Y. Sim, MD
- In Memoriam (+) Ordonio Delapena
-In Memoriam (+): Paciencia P. Reyes
- for the eternal repose of the souls of: Fr. Jim Derrenbacher &
… for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers
and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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