Cycle B

Good News B28a

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Mark 3:20-35 New American Bible 

Mark 3:20-35 Bible Gateway New International Version    

“All Sins and All Blasphemies”


All sins and all blasphemies uttered by man will be forgiven. However, any blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. Those words sound confusing.  Blasphemy is showing disrespect for God by words and/or actions. The job of the Holy Spirit on earth is to get you to have sorrow for you sins. He wants you to repent. Repent has two parts. First part is being sorry for your sins. The second part of repent is making a reasonable plan for not committing that sin ever again.

If you give credit to the devil that belongs to the Holy Spirit, you will push the Holy Spirit away. You will close the door in his face. He will not be able to convince you to repent if you pushed him away. If he is not able to keep inside you, he will not be able to fill you with wisdom and understanding. He will not be able to fill you with courage and right judgment. If he is ten miles away, he will not be able to explain to you how wonderful God the Father and his only begotten Son are. If you do not believe in the power of the Holy Spirit, he will stay clear of you. The Holy Spirit is God. If you turn your back on God and do not seek him and his forgiveness, you will not be forgiven.

So my advice is give credit to God that belongs to God. Always seek the advice of the Holy Spirit in all your dealings. He can give you plenty of power to push the devil away. He will fill you with wisdom and right judgment so that you make fewer mistakes. Give thanks to God every day for sending the Holy Spirit to help you solve your problems. He makes you well. He fills your mind with ways to show God that you love him above all things.  He shows you how to pray to God the Father. He fills you with courage to live, even when things are looking way, way down. The Holy Spirit fills you with joy and peace. He helps you share love and forgiveness with others.

Say the “Our Father.” Ask God to send the Holy Spirit to you. The Holy Spirit can help you survive physically and spiritually on earth. Whatever you need, the Holy Spirit can give it to you. He has the gifts. He has every gift you would want or need. Just ask the Holy Spirit for what you need. Don’t push him away in favor of the devil. The devil makes you think his words are true. They are lies. Believe in God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Trust in the ways of the Lord. Then you will get to heaven.


“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.



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