Reflection on Matthew 12:28-34 ~
To speak and feel directly and violently against the gift of peace, love and compassion in your heart are just some of the injustices regarding the Holy Spirit that Jesus warns of. Since Baptism, the Spirit has taken up residence within, guiding your journey towards union with God. Through you, the Spirit’s gifts can help show others that the Kingdom of God is already arriving. I am a witness that with cooperation, the Holy Spirit using unconditional love can change vices into virtues.
The Evil Counsel, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
Additional Lenten Reflections
Matthew 12 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come to you. 29 Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property, without first tying up the strong man? Then indeed the house can be plundered. 30 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 31 Therefore I tell you, people will be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
A Tree and Its Fruit
33 “Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers! How can you speak good things, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this Matthew 12:28-34 Reflection – Love can Change Vices into Virtues.