Monday of 3rd Week of OT A

Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit Will Never Be Forgiven

Today’s Gospel passage is an interesting passage talking about the sin against the Holy Spirit which will never be forgiven. When the Scribes says to Jesus that he is possessed by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, this really reminds us all that Satan is real, and Satan is acting in us if we allowed him to. The question then, how would we know that we possessed by Satan? What is the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?

Satan is what contrary to the fruits of the Holy Spirit. According to the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “The fruits of the Holy Spirit are charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, modesty, chastity and self-control” (CCC 1832). When we don’t produce the fruits of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we are possessed by Satan. When we cannot help anybody and anyone whom we come into contact each day, even it’s just a small help of smiling, we lack of the fruit of charity. Another example, when we get mad at someone for whatever reason it is, we are just sour in our words and in our deeds whatever we might harbored within. We might have no joy in seeing and interacting with the person. When we cannot produce the fruits of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit is absent within us. What remains then is Satan, the absence of God in our lives.

Has Jesus really possessed by Beelzebul, the prince of the demons? If Jesus was really possessed by Satan, he could bring peace to the leprosy to heal his leprosy and brought him back to the society. If he was truly possessed by demons, Jesus would not be able to free the prostitute when people around her about to stone her to death. If Jesus was truly possessed by Beelzebul, he would not have patience, kindness, goodness and gentleness to ask Pilate to prove to him what he said and done wrong that the soldiers struck him. His words and his deeds only produced the fruits of the Holy Spirit, and in him, Jesus has no possession of Satan.

In the opposite, those who harbored grudges against him and produced what is not charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, modesty, chastity and self-control, these were possessed by demons who didn’t care the presence of God in their lives. Rather, they sinned against the Holy Spirit. Have you and I ever possessed by Satan or demon? Have you and I ever produced what are the fruits of the Holy Spirit such as charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, modesty, chastity and self-control? Have you and I ever doubted the presence of God in our lives?

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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