Monday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time, January 27
God’s Spirit Calls Us to Be a Faithful Christian People, Who Illumines Our Way through Life Guiding Us into a Right Relationship with the God Who Created Us Out of Love.
We hear our Lord speaking to the scribes in today’s Gospel, “But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin.”
With the guidance of God’s Spirit, I have written many meditations which reflected upon our relationship with our Creator and our Savior, but today, I would like to devote some time to a deeper understanding of the Holy Spirit, and the role He plays in our life of faith.
In the Gospel of John, we read, “…when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.”
The Third Divine Person of the Blessed Trinity, consubstantial with the Father and the Son, co-eternal and co-equal, is a part of our profession of faith, for we say in the Nicene Creed, “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified…”
From the very beginning to the completion of God’s plan for our salvation, the Holy Spirit is at work with the Father and the Son, guiding God’s spiritual children to a life of personal sanctity and holiness. He is the sign of God’s Divine Love and Eternal Truth, which God implants in our hearts and our souls, so that we innately know the difference between right and wrong, between what is good and what is not.
The Spirit of God is a gift from the Father and Son, given to each of us at Baptism and, in a much fuller and more complete way, in the Sacrament of Confirmation. And this Divine Gift from God is meant to guide us in our walk of faith, for He is our Enlightener who teaches us and reminds us of God’s Truth; He is our Sanctifier who heals us from our sinfulness and fills us with God’s grace, strengthening us to live a life in conformity with God’s will.
This Spirit of Love and Truth, who dwells within each one of us, becomes our Witness for or against us at the moment of Divine Judgment. And what is presented here is just a very brief overview of the theology on the Holy Spirit, for there have been numerous books written about the Divine Advocate of God’s Love.
Our Lord is teaching us today the importance of opening our hearts and permitting God’s Spirit to guide us in our every thought, in our every word and deed, for our willful failure to do so is the same as rejecting God Himself.
Our Lord was always very particular with the words He chose to speak, for it was His desire then, as it is now and always will be – that none of His children be lost. And, in today’s Gospel, He warns us that if we are not careful, our willful rejection of His Truth will result in our own eternal death.
“But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin.”
When man chooses to embrace a culture of darkness, because that person believes that the very nature of that darkness pleases him or her far more than a righteous and holy relationship with the God who sacrificed His Only Son so that each of us might have life – and have it to the fullest; when a person willfully and arrogantly remakes God into his own image right up to the very moment of death, relativizing God’s Truth to the point where Eternal Truth has been distorted and deformed so that the word truth no longer has any resemblance to Divine Truth – then that person has sadly rejected the Holy Spirit and all that the Spirit of Truth and Love offers.
But this was not the case for David, for we find in our First Reading today that David’s heart was open to the Spirit of God, receiving the anointing as king in fulfillment of the prophecy which God had given to Samuel many years earlier, and Scripture tells us that “…the LORD of hosts was with him.”
And just as God’s Spirit guided and strengthened David some three thousand years ago, so He continues to guide and strengthen us today – for He is the same Spirit who breathed life into our first parents; He is the same Spirit who descended upon our Lord at His baptism in the Jordan; and He is the same Spirit whom our Lord promised to send in a special way after His Ascension into Heaven – the Spirit who descended upon the Apostles as tongues of fire on Pentecost Sunday.
Rejecting this gift, embracing the darkness as the truth which guides our life, remaining obstinate and persisting in sin, and unyielding in our act of unrepentance even to the final beat of our heart and the last breath we take, becomes an offense against God’s Love which will remain unforgiven – for it becomes a willful rejection of the guidance and inspiration which God’s Spirit gives us in this life!
And in this willful rejection, a person begins to “…call evil good, and good evil, who changes darkness into light, and light into darkness…”
It is this terrible consequence of sin about which our Lord warns us today! Embracing the Light of His Truth, embracing the Holy Spirit to illumine our way through life, embracing God’s Divine Gift and inviting Him to always dwell within us, so that we may grow in personal holiness – is the pathway to our eternal salvation.
The Holy Spirit of God invites each and every one of us to welcome Him as a special Friend into our lives, for this special Gift, this Spirit of Love not only wishes to embrace us on this side of the eternal, but, most especially, to fill us with His Light and embrace us eternally in Heaven.
It is God’s Spirit of Eternal Light who calls us to be a faithful Christian people, and who guides us into a right relationship with the God who created us out of Love. It is this Spirit of Divine Truth who guides God’s ministers in building up the Body of Christ through both Word and Sacrament.
And it this same Spirit of Love who guides His unworthy and humble servant in reaching out to all who embrace these meditations, so that the hearts, minds and souls of His faithful children may truly and prayerfully be forever enlightened.
For as our psalmist reminds us in the 98th Psalm, “Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.” God’s Spirit truly has done “marvelous deeds” for us! †
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Scripture for the Day
- “But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin.” (Mark 3:29)
- “But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:13-14)
- “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil, who change darkness into light, and light into darkness, who change bitter into sweet, and sweet into bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20)
- “And do not grieve the holy Spirit of God, with which you were sealed for the day of redemption. All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.” (Ephesians 4:30-32)
- “If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us
from every wrongdoing. If we say, ‘We have not sinned,’ we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:9-10)
- “The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:16)
- “Remain faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10c)
- “…hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given to us.” (Romans 5:5)
- “Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.” (Psalm 98:1a)
Prayer for the Day
“Holy Spirit of Light and Love,
You are the consubstantial Love of the Father and the Son;
You who sanctify within me my life of faith,
I humbly ask, hear my prayer:
“Bounteous Bestower of God’s most precious gifts,
grant me a strong and living faith,
which guides me to accept all revealed Divine Truth
and shapes my conduct in accord with them.
“Spirit of God’s Eternal Truth,
infuse into me a love of perfect goodwill,
so that I may act in accordance with God’s desire for me
throughout all the days of my life.
“Gracious Gift of the Father’s Love,
guide me to love not only my friends
but my enemies as well, in imitation of Jesus Christ
who, through You, offered Himself on the Cross for all peoples.
“Most Holy Spirit,
animate, inspire and guide me.
Help me to always be a true follower of Yours,
embracing all that You impart to me. Amen.”Anonymous