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Doctrines & Morals

Hardness of Heart impedes the Powerful Effect of Divine Grace

Eph. 1:15-23, Lk. 12:8-12. Paul in today's first reading thank God for the way the Ephesians received the message of truth and prays that faith may grow and increase in them. The resurrection of Christ is the sign that the power of God is made manifest in the their lives. This new life flows into the body of Christ, the Church, which has the mission to embody this power in the whole of creation.

With this power in us, we cannot afford to deny Christ and the power of resurrection in us anymore. Jesus affirms this fact in today's Gospel: If we deny Him, He will deny us. Since the Pharisees refused to submit to the evidence of the many miracles performed before them, Jesus states: "Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven". Though, all sins can be forgiven, no matter how grave they might be because God is infinitely merciful. What is required for forgiveness is that we recognise our sin as sin and approach the Lord for mercy. Only hardness of heart would certainly impede the powerful effect of divine grace. It is unpardonable not because of its gravity but for the closed disposition of the will against God. If we close ourselves to the mercy of God, we deliberately place ourselves outside the scope of divine pardon.

May the Lord send us His Spirit so that we would continue to dispose ourselves to the grace and mercy of God! Amen!! Good morning and Happy Weekend!!!

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