The Reading is from the Gospel According to Mark 3:28-35
The Lord said, “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin” for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”
And his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside they sent to him and called him. And a crowd was sitting about him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, asking for you.”
And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?”
And looking around on those who sat about him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
Jesus Christ emphasizes to me in this teaching the miracle of the wonderful gift of forgiveness. However, Christ cautions us to know that “…blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness”
And in the closing of this teaching, the additional important lesson of “doing” the will of God is re-enforced. In my own daily life, it is the “doing God’s will“, not just thinking about His will, or talking about His will. My actions of responding to God’s commandments and actually “doing God’s will” are what empowers me to join alongside Christ to call upon our Heavenly Father in the Lord’s Prayer that “…thy will may be done”
It’s been quite a while since we last acknowledged the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese publication of the Daily Scriptures as the wonderful reference source for our Alpha Omega Portal scripture postings.