Sunday June 9, 2024

The Holy Spirit sets us free

Good News Reflections:
Making scripture meaningful to your daily life
by Terry Modica

“The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, is with us to help us overcome every lie.”

Good News Reflection for:

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time
June 9, 2024

Today’s Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ: Today I give up before You everything that drives me away from Your paths and chains me to evil and sin. Take control of my life. Purify me and give me the strength I need to follow You with strong decision and courage. Amen.

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Today’s Readings:

Genesis 3:9-15
Ps 130: 1-8
2 Corinthians 4:13–5:1
Mark 3:20-35
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:

What is the unforgiveable sin?

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God will forgive any repentant sinner — right? No matter what we have done, if we are truly remorseful and desire to be restored to God’s grace, the Sacrament of Confession will secure our place in heaven — right?

If so, then what is the unforgiveable sin named in this Sunday’s Gospel reading? Are we in danger of going to hell because there’s an unforgivable sin?

Let’s look at the context in which Jesus is describing the unforgiveable sin. He’s talking about Satan, the strong man who steals (possesses) souls. Note how easy it is to plunder the strong man’s property: We simply bind (tie) the strong man! (“No one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property unless he first ties him up. Then he can plunder the house.”) Jesus will soon be sending out his disciples to start plundering, i.e., rescuing souls in the name and power of Christ. The sins of the rescued will be forgiven.

Jesus said, “Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin.” Demons blaspheme the Holy Spirit by being fully aware of the truth while deliberately lying to us about the goodness of the Holy Spirit, leading us, if they can, away from God. This is unforgiveable!

What about humans who believe demonic lies? The Catechism of the Catholic Church (paragraph 1864) says that anyone who deliberately refuses to repent of sin rejects forgiveness: “Such hardness of heart can lead to final impenitence and eternal loss.”

Most people, I believe, who allow demonic lies to influence them simply don’t realize that the truth is better. As this Sunday’s first reading tells us, Adam and Eve sinned because Satan deceived them. Every sinner has been deceived. You and I sin when we believe a deception, and the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, is with us to help us overcome every lie. The truth sets us free.

Questions for Personal Reflection:
Looking back over your spiritual growth through the years, when did you overcome deceptions about God? What sin are you struggling with today? Ask the Holy Spirit to give you a new understanding about it.

Questions for Community Faith Sharing:
Name sins that you see commonly embraced in our world today. What truths about God do people fail to understand in each type of sin? If they were to open themselves up to these truths, how would it change their minds and their behaviors? How can we evangelize them about the truth?

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© 2024 by Terry A. Modica

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