Is there an unforgivable sin? Jesus says that it is blasphemous and unforgivable to call the work of God evil and to accuse God’s representative as an agent of Satan. But in truth, all sin is forgivable as long as the sinner is sincerely repentant. But sometimes people may become so consumed with darkness and evil that they have no desire to repent. In this part of today’s Gospel, Jesus issues a stern warning against aligning ourselves with Satan.

Regarding what some perceive as Jesus being rude to his mother, scholars tell us that Jesus wanted to communicate that the bond
among his disciples is closer and more important than the bond among blood relatives. The closest relative of Jesus is he/she who
hears his word and acts on it. No one did this better than Mary who is often called the “first disciple.”