Mark 3:20-35, 3 Pentecost

“Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin.” (Repeat.) Sermons on this morning’s gospel sometimes spring from Jesus’ quoting Lincoln about a house divided against itself. Or they riff on the meaning of families, “Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” And fair enough; those are certainly red letter words.But as I read the lesson, those themes are an evasion. Pentecost is about the Holy Spirit. The gospel lessons are chosen that have to do with the Holy Spirit. And the passage this morning that talks about the Holy Spirit is vv. 28 and 29 that I just repeated. It is called a “hard saying” of Jesus, so it is […]