Gospel of Luke 12:9-12 Reflection:
In today’s gospel we have one of those beautiful promises that Jesus often gives: if we declare ourselves for Jesus and God in public then he shall declare himself for us before the Father in heaven and his angels.
The reading also contains the saying that the person who sins against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven. What can this mean?
The sin against the Holy Spirit is the sin carried out in the presence of God and in the full light of a choice to go against God out of hate or envy or some other motive.
Take for example the Pharisees who saw Jesus raise Lazarus to life. They had just seen an obvious miracle, they knew they were in the presence of someone special but still they chose to hate Jesus, wanting to kill him and Lazarus.
What about a Catholic politician who decides to vote for abortion for political expediency, voting for abortion knowing it is wrong but trying to get votes in an election? While we can’t judge his heart you can see that such a person would have to kill the Spirit of God within them. If they didn’t they would go mad.
It is not that they would not be forgiven by God but by their actions people can put themselves into such hardness of heart that they would never ask forgiveness.
And if we don’t ask forgiveness then God cannot forgive. In 1967 David Steele brought in the Abortion Act in Britain. He has never expressed regret in his life, holding that he was right all along. He has seen the terrible social effects of abortion and how it destroys a society, but still he does not see anything wrong.
I hope when he meets God that he can say that he was sorry and that he asks forgiveness. And I hope that when he meets God his pride does not stand in his way—he shall have to say sorry for all the hurt caused.
But then again, we all shall have to do the same for all the hurt we have caused people.