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TO DENY THE MYSTERIES OF OUR FAITH IS AN UNPARDONABLE SIN

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Third Week of Ordinary Time

2 Sam. 5:1-7, & Mk. 3:22-30

During today's first reading were you struck by the similarities between David and Jesus? When He was a boy I am sure Jesus would have been steeped in the history of His people. He would have known all there was to know about His ancestor King David, perhaps even regarding him as His hero as one writer has claimed.

In His preaching Jesus made several references to what David did on various occasions. Although separated by about 1,000 years, their lives have many parallels. David began his reign when he was 30, the same age at which Jesus began His public life. Our Lord spent 40 days in the desert preparing for His ministry and David ruled his country for a period of 40 years. Both came from the same genealogical line and both were kings. The central city in the life of David was Jerusalem, as it also was for Jesus. The tomb of David there is one of the most sacred sites in Israel as is that of Jesus, located near to where He was crucified but now within the protective walls of a large church.

Jesus is the Son of David, who redeemed the world in the city of David. This Hebrew King is, therefore, our ancestor in faith and the more we understand and appreciate his life, the better we will know Jesus.

Are not all sins forgiven by God? That is what we have been taught to believe. Yet in today’s Gospel Jesus tells us that there is one sin for which there is no forgiveness and that is the sin against the Holy Spirit. It is the sin of an obtuse person who knows the truth but will not accept it.

Deep in their hearts the Pharisees knew Jesus was a man of God, but they would not accept Him because it would mean accepting all He taught. They had to find an excuse for denying the truth and they came up with the suggestion that He was possessed by the Devil. Yet if this were so how could He cast out devils? That would mean that Satan was working against himself to bring about his own destruction! This false accusation was what Jesus called the sin against the Holy Spirit because the Pharisees were refusing to acknowledge the work of the Paraclete.

This unforgiveable sin applies to those who have lived a life of repeated and deliberate mortal sins - and have ceased to admit they are doing evil. It is not a question of God refusing to forgive them, but it is they who are refusing to allow Him to forgive them.

Lord Jesus we pray both for people who refuse to acknowledge God and His commandments, and that we may never be guilty of this unpardonable sin.

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