Monday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint Francis de Sales (1567-+1622) —Bishop, Patron Saint of Confessors, Deaf People, Educators, Numerous Countries and Cities
2 Samuel 5:1-7, 10, Psalm 89:20, 21-22, 25-26, & Mark 3:22-30
In today’s Gospel passage, the scribes accuse Jesus of being possessed by Beelzebub. They believe and state that it is by the power of this “prince of demons” that gives Jesus the ability to cast out demons. Additionally, the people listening to Jesus also believe that He has an “unclean spirit.”
However, Jesus did not let their comments distract Him from His ministry. He immediately turns to them and questions their remarks. Ultimately, our Lord tells them that all sins and blasphemies are forgiven. However, if someone blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, the sin will not be forgiven.
What is our reaction to this Gospel? What is the message Jesus is giving us? Is it about blasphemy, or is He trying to free us? There are times in our lives when we are the ones who cannot forgive ourselves for something we have done or failed to do. We must ask ourselves, are we willing to let Jesus set us free from the burden of sin? Jesus waits and is ready to do just that. We must trust in Him to open our minds and hearts to His love, forgiveness, and healing. When we do this, only then are we truly free.
Questions of the Day: Are you willing to be set free through the Sacrament of Reconciliation?
Prayer: “My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with Him.” (Psalm 89)