READING I: 2 Samuel 5:1-7, 10
RESPONSORIAL: Psalms 89:20, 21-22, 25-26
GOSPEL: Mark 3:22-30
Today's gospel contains one of those phrases which people find hard to understand; "but let anyone blaspheme against the Holy Spirit and he will never have forgiveness: he is guilty of an eternal sin." This is hard to understand until we take into account the circumstances in which Jesus was speaking. The scribes were watching Jesus carry out miracles which could only be done by God, but in their hatred and anger towards Jesus they stubbornly refused to believe what they saw. They were not going to believe in Jesus no matter what he did. It is this hardness of heart that leads to the unforgivable sin, because such a person, who stubbornly refuses to believe in the works of Jesus shall be too proud to ask forgiveness. These works could only be done by one who is filled with the Holy Spirit and refusal to believe them is refusal to accept the work of the spirit.
This is the victory, our faith (cf. 1 Jn 5:4)
On this day we concentrate our attention on God’s steadfast love. The Paschal Mystery reveals this steadfast love, and calls us to a new way of faith. This faith overcomes fear and opens our hearts to the power of the Spirit. Such faith calls us to friendship with Christ, and so to one another.(source Vatican)