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Liturgical day: Saturday 28th in OrdinaryTime

Gospel text (Lc 12,8-12): «There will be pardon for the one who criticizes the Son of Man, but there will be no pardon for the one who slanders the Holy Spirit». Jesus said to his disciples, «I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before people, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. But the one who denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God. There will be pardon for the one who criticizes the Son of Man, but there will be no pardon for the one who slanders the Holy Spirit.

»When you are brought before the synagogues, governors and rulers, don’t worry about how you will defend yourself or what to say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you have to say».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today, the infinitely merciful God surprises us. What will not be forgiven? Why won’t be forgiven? The answer is simple: God can’t "impose" His forgiveness! There rises up with all its strength "my" freedom: God becomes impotent in front of her! If someone prefers to laugh or make fun of God ... without attending to his mercy, then that someone stays in the mockery and can’t even "smell" the forgiveness of God.

- Jesus, I’m even afraid that you gave us so much power. From now on I give you my freedom: yours is, my Lord!