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This Sunday is the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost. The gospel reading is
from St. Mark 3:20-30. The Bible Analysis, Commentaries and Sermons are
provided in Malankara World at:
This Sunday's Gospel reading contains a reference to 'Eternal Sin or
Mark 3:28-30: "Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven all their
sins and all the blasphemies they utter. But whoever blasphemes
against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, but is guilty of an
eternal sin. He said this because they [the Pharisees] were saying,
'He has an evil spirit'."
In addition to St. Mark, St. Matthew, St. Luke, and St. John also
mention eternal sin. St. Paul has also mentioned this in Hebrews and
Matthew 12:30-32: "Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever
does not gather with me scatters. And so I tell you, people will be
forgiven every sin and blasphemy. But the blasphemy against the Spirit
will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man
will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not
be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come."
Luke 12:8-10: "I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son
of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God. But he who
disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God. And
everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but
anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven."
Hebrews 6:4-8: "It is impossible for those who have once been
enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the
Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the
powers of the coming age and who have fallen away, to be brought back to
repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over
again and subjecting him to public disgrace. Land that drinks in the
rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for
whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. But land that produces
thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In
the end it will be burned. Even though we speak like this, dear friends,
we are convinced of better things in your case --- the things that have
to do with salvation."
1 John 5:16-17: "If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto
death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not
unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray
for it. All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death."
Hebrews 10:26-29: "For we, sinning wilfully after receiving the full
knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but
only a fearful expectation of judgment and fiery zeal about to consume
the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without
mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely
do you think those deserve to be punished who have trampled the Son of
God underfoot, who has considered as an unholy thing the blood of the
covenant that sanctified them, and who have insulted the Spirit of grace?"
1 Corinthians 12:2-3: "Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto
these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to
understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus
accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the
The concept of eternal sin is difficult to grasp in the context of the
God as ever forgiving and full of love. Mark inserts his own explanation
as to why Jesus said this, stating "He said this because they were
saying, "He has an evil spirit." (Mark 3:30) Thus Jesus, according to
Mark, is saying that accusing him of using Satan for his power is in
effect calling the work of God evil and failing to see the work of God
in Jesus' actions. The Pharisees had hardened their hearts to the point
repentance became impossible. This may not apply to a true believer.
According to the Catholic Catechism and Eastern Orthodox beliefs, there
are no limits to the mercy of God, but anyone who deliberately refuses
to accept his mercy by repenting, rejects the forgiveness of his sins
and the salvation offered by the Holy Spirit. Such hardness of heart can
lead to final impenitence and eternal loss.
The Church teaches that there is no offense, however serious, that
cannot be taken away by Baptism, or absolved from in the
Confessional---that no one, however wicked and guilty, may not
confidently hope for forgiveness.
This week's featured article is on 'How to know the will of God.' James
Montgomery Boice, the author, says that everything God does is done to
reveal Himself to us. For us to know God's will, we must be willing to
do whatever it is.
We had been covering our youth leaders who had gone to Dominican
Republic and Haiti as part of their mission project. This week we
feature Lispin Kuruvilla. He describes an experience he had while atop a
mountain in Isabel de Torres National Park.
Our family features this week include Jane Austen's Marital advice and
view of marriage as a Christian Sacrament.
*Table of Contents:*
Bible Readings for This Sunday
Sermons for This Sunday
Inspiration for Today
Featured This Week: How to Know the Will of God
MGSOSA - Dominican Outreach Mission Trip 2011 Memories: Majesty of
Family: Jane Austen's Marital Advice
Top Five Regrets
Recipe: Vermicelli Salad
Marriage as a Christian Sacrament
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In HIS Service
Dr. Jacob Mathew
Malankara World Journal
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