我引這段經文, 一是表明褻瀆的罪是很嚴肅的事實.絕不是威脅或恐嚇.而是善意的提醒,規勸. 二是表明耶穌理解人的有限,祂道成人身,不是很容易讓當世人明白接受,所以干犯人子的,尚可得赦免.但是干犯聖神的,是人自己立意閉眼拒絕真理,隔絕了得赦必備的條件 - 真心痛悔.這樣的人,是天主及所有識者永恆的痛.
原作者的本意如何,除了天主和作者本人,無人真知.但是我是看不到嘉哲所提的仇恨的種子.原文所引的幾個例子,是做借鏡之用,要大家小心謹慎口舌,既無定其罪的企圖與必要,更看不到什麼仇恨或幸災樂禍的痕跡.各人如何解讀,也是我們可以自省的地方.見仁見智,有時反應的也可能是自己的心境.或 the Temptor 的謊言.
“What were you looking at, Simon?”
“I was looking… our trip of last year, so beautiful, so … The Mother was with us! The women disciples…John of Endor…The merchant … Even he was kind and helped to make the journey pleasant … How many things have changed! How much difference … and how much grief! … That is what I was looking at: the past.”
“And the future, My dear Simon.” Jesus sits on the bundle of sticks beside Peter and lays an arm on his shoulders speaking to him: “You were looking at the horizon… and sadness dimmed it. The present, like a whirl, raised frightening clouds and concealed the serene memory full of promises and hope from you, and it frightened you. Simon, you are subjected to one of those hours of sadness and boredom, which our human nature meets on its way. No one is free from them, because those hours are brought about by him who hates man. And the more a man serves God, the more Satan tries to frighten and tire him to detach him from his ministry. You also are subjected to an hour of tiredness. You are fatigued by the persistent persecutions against your Master. And finally – and you do not know that it is not you, but it is the Tempter –you listen to a voice that whispers to you:”And tomorrow? What will happen tomorrow? “
This is part of the episode happened as "The hour" drew near and Peter was so stressed and down hearted. Jesus and other apostles in the gathering place were looking for him as he didn't show up for a long time. Jesus found Peter sitting on the bundle of sticks he collected from the hill holding his head in his hands, all curled up, forgetful of time and of everything. So absorbed that he didn't stir even when people passed by.
The Tempter, in another name as The Enemy, is representative of Satan. He tries every way to lead people into Darkness, despair, evil, ...