Grace to you!
It is a common knowledge that doctor-patient relationship is, for the most part, depended on the level of trust the patient has for the doctor. Suppose the doctor is one of the best internists in the world, the patient who has no trust in that doctor hardly would seek his or her help.
If a patient rejects the doctor’s authority and proven track record, how could the doctor help that patient? It will be literally impossible for a doctor to do much for a patient who has rejected him or her for healing; worse, if the patient sees the doctor’s practice as hazardous to his health.
The above analogy could be used to explain what the Lord Jesus Christ says in Mark 3: 28 concerning the sin against the Holy Spirit. The Lord had done many miracles, but some who saw the miracles rejected the evidence, stating that it was through Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that Jesus cast out devils. By so doing, they willfully rejected the evidence of God and the work of God. It was this willful rejection and attitude the Lord calls, “the sin against the Holy Spirit.”
It is a sin that arises from willful and often malicious refusal to accept what God has done or to willfully attribute to Satan the signs and wonders, good works, of Christ. The Lord condemns it: “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin” (Mk 3:28-29).
Harsh? Consider this: If a patient doesn’t believe in the proven track record and evidence of a doctor, how could that patient be healed through the same doctor? Experience tells us that the patient won’t even seek help from that doctor.
If someone rejects the work of Christ, how would the work of Christ have an effect in his or her life? The impossibility of forgiving such a person isn’t because God is mean and unmerciful. We know that as 1 Tim 2:4 says, “God wants all to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.” God’s loving kindness endures forever (Ps 136:1) and the Lord doesn’t reject a repentant heart (Ps 51:17).
Nevertheless, we have to seek the face of God and accept what He does for us so as to receive the graces from that work of God. As Saint Augustine said, “The God who created you without you cannot save you without you.”
Hence, what makes the sin against the Holy Spirit impossible to forgive is the individual person, the heart who has locked God out for that forgiveness to take place. It is the subjective state of an individual who has stubbornly rejected the Work God, labeling it evil; and who doesn’t want to see and acknowledge that God is working and is ready to save.
God isn’t shutting anyone out. People shut themselves out of Divine Mercy.
I pray we see the work of God and acknowledge it when we see it. Amen. It saves to do so.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Monday Week 3 Ordinary Time B: 2 Sam 5:1-7, 10; Mk 3:22-30]
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.