Salvation and brotherhood

By Fr. Dan De Los Angeles June 10,2018
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Salvation and brotherhood

By Fr. Dan De Los Angeles June 10,2018
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Sunday, June 10, 2018 Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time First Reading: Gen. 3:9-15 Second Reading: 2 Cor. 4:13-;5:1 Gospel: Mark 3:20-35

Jesus came home with his disciples. Again the crowd gathered, making it impossible for them even to eat. When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him, for they said, “He is out of his mind. “The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “By the prince of demons he drives out demons. “Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables, “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand; that is the end of him. But no one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property unless he first ties up the strong man .Then he can plunder the house. Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin. “For they had said, “He has an unclean spirit. “His mother and his brothers arrived. Standing outside they sent word to him and called him. A crowd seated around him told him,” Your mother and your brothers and your sisters are outside asking for you. “But he said to them in reply, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking around at those seated in the circle he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

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Ascribing to the devil the power at work in Jesus was tantamount to obstinacy. This was what the Jews did. To discredit the miraculous works of Jesus they spread news that the power of evil was at work in Jesus. Even Jesus’ relatives took him for a lunatic. They set out to seize him for they said, “he is out of his mind”. This was an insult to the Holy Spirit who was actually at work in Jesus. Today’s Gospel reading calls it blasphemy that cannot be forgiven. A person as obstinate as this is guilty of an everlasting sin. It is everlasting because there is no way he could be saved until he opens himself up to the power of the Holy Spirit. He is the cause of his own damnation.

The scenario must have been discouraging to Jesus. Even his own relatives took him for a fool. Then Mary comes into the picture towards the end of the Gospel reading. How consoling that when everyone refused to believe in him, there was his mother who kept his word and put it into practice. –(Atty.) Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., D.M.

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