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HARVEST OF JOY AND GOD’S LOVE(Mk 3:22-30; Douay-Rheims Bible)

“And the scribes who were come down from Jerusalem said: He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of devils He casteth out devils. And after Jesus had called them together, He said to them in parables: How can Satan cast out Satan? And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan be risen up against himself, he is divided, and cannot stand, but hath an end. No man can enter into the house of a strong man and rob him of his goods unless he first binds the strong man, and then shall he plunder his house. Amen, I say to you, that all sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and the blasphemies wherewith they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, shall never have forgiveness, but shall be guilty of an everlasting sin. Because they said: He hath an unclean spirit.”

‭ My dearest beloved brethren, Jesus said to the Scribes: “And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”(Mk 3‬:‭24‬-‭25‬). The Lord was referring to how they said that He was casting out demons by the prince of demons.

But we can see how the Lord’s Words relate to our world and our lives today. When members of the same family are divided against each other, that family will not stand. When members of the same Church are divided against each other, that Church is bound to collapse. When people from the same community or town or village are divided against each other, that community or town or village will not have progress and there will be no development in the area(s).

I pray for us to allow the Holy Ghost to direct our actions and move us forward and may we not allow evil spirits and agents of backwardness to inject their green blood into our red blood cells to sow the seeds of confusion, discord, and disunity among us, through the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

Everyone commits sins. We are like fish that cannot deny drinking water. But you have allowed the Holy Ghost to rule over you and your life and you don’t blaspheme against Him because He lives in you, dear loyal friends and children of Christ Jesus.

Jesus also said to the Scribes: “But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, shall never have forgiveness, but shall be guilty of an everlasting sin.”(Mk‬ ‭3‬:‭29‬). We have to be aware of what constitutes blasphemy/sin against the Holy Ghost so that we can avoid sin in general and blasphemy/sin against the Holy Ghost in particular.

There are six wrong acts that may be looked at as constituting sins against the Holy Ghost. Some of these wrong acts include (a) Lying to, or Testing the Holy Ghost (Acts 5:3, 9); (b) Resisting the Holy Ghost (Acts 7:51);

(c) Quenching the Holy Ghost

(1 Thes 5:19 – extinguish, suppress, stifle, thoroughly neglecting the operations of the Holy Ghost); (d) Grieving the Holy Ghost (Eph. 4:30 – offending the Holy Ghost, making Him sad or sorrowful); (e) Insulting the Holy Ghost (Heb 10:29 – outraging the Spirit of grace, persistent sinning with full knowledge and no desire to repent); (f) Blaspheming against the Holy Ghost (Mt 12:31-32 – ascribing the work of the Holy Ghost to the Devil, rejecting the testimony of the Holy Ghost. It also connotes speaking evil of the Holy Ghost and misusing His name.

Blaspheming against the Holy Ghost makes one lose the forgiveness we all get from Christ when we commit sins.

I pray Lord to grant us the Grace to totally submit ourselves and our lives to the WILL of God, the grace of observing the sacrament of reconciliation, the grace not to forget to pray daily and often, and then the grace to receive the Body and Blood of Christ daily so that we be for Christ, and in Christ and Christ in us and for us, so that we do not blaspheme/sin against the Holy Ghost today and every day of our lives, through the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth I pray. Amen.

Be courageous and fearless in the Lord; for God is with you. You’re blessed; remain blessed!!!

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