28th Saturday in Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Saturday October 20, 2018 Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time  WORD of the DAY   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.  (Luke 12: 10)   How shall I live this Word? Recognize or deny? Talk against or curse? This page of the Gospel scrutinizes the potentials of language: with words we express thoughts, emotions, feelings, therefore much of our soul, our spirit.  When words are missing, they are replaced by gestures, postures, distances. But when they are there, they actually leave a mark and define us. Luke tells us how Jesus emphasized this in relation to the profession of faith, to the reception of His person in our life.  We can use words to recognize or deny Jesus. We can even speak against Him, without denying Him, perhaps because we are angry and searching for  His mercy. But if we come to deliberately and consciously reject the prophetic Spirit that is in the actions and teaching of Jesus, we reject the encounter with the merciful and saving action of the Father. This is an...