Proclaim Jesus is Lord

by FLL Editorial Team

路加福音 12:8-12

 © Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. (

© Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. (





這篇默想由生命恩泉文摘編輯小組撰寫,內容以下列文章為根據: Commentaries on the daily readings by Sacred Space, 常年期第二十八週星期六.

Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God.

“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. When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities, do not worry about how or what your defense will be or about what you are to say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.”
Luke 12:8-12

To prepare His disciples for the persecutions that is to come, Jesus consoled and encouraged them in two ways: He promised as long as they acknowledge Him before others, He will acknowledge them before the angels of God; when they are brought to trials, the Holy Spirit will teach them what they should say.

These two promises from the Lord should be very reassuring, but if we recall how Peter denied Jesus three times, though he promised his faith in Jesus will never shaken (Matthew 26:33), we can imagine how difficult it is to proclaim Jesus is Lord at the times of trials and persecutions.

Jesus also taught us that speaking against Him can be forgiven, but blaspheming against the Holy Spirit cannot not be forgiven. Most sins are committed due to human weakness or ignorance. For example, Peter denied Jesus out of weakness and fear, and therefore as long as he repent, he receives God's forgiveness. Speaking against Jesus, is generally speaking against His human nature, for example some criticized Jesus is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners (Matthew 11:19), and this according to Jesus is pardonable. However, to blaspheme against the Holy Spirit is a sin of blaspheming against God's spirit, an intentional violation of one's own conscience and going against Truth itself. For example, when it is so obvious to see that Jesus drove out demons by the power of God, the Pharisees said He drove out demons only by the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons (Matthew 12:24). They placed themselves into a position that is impossible to reconcile with God, and therefore cannot receive forgiveness.

Nowadays, we are less likely to suffer physical persecution, but to openly confess that Jesus is our Lord and Savior and live out our Christian identity and values, can still make us vulnerable to criticism, ridicule and even discrimination. When we encounter these situations, let us pray that God grant us the courage and patience to persevere in our Christian faith, and continue to be His witness by words and deeds.

This reflection is prepared by the FLL Inspire editorial team as a digest of the following two articles: Commentaries on the daily readings by Sacred Space, 常年期第二十八週星期六.