|WORD OF GOD|
You can only have its true meaning if you put this verse back into the full context of the whole passage where it comes from. In the passage, Christ talked about "worries about food, clothings, personal needs, etc." and then He provided the example of birds and flowers which are well-provided for by God, Himself, and having these as least of all their worries. And NATURALLY, they are just beautiful and they could find food where God provides well FOR FREE to them.
Isn't that so true? Birds and flowers do not have to have money to acquire all their necessities? But why do humans have to have money to have these? And so people worry so much and become so much attached to these worldly necessities and needs.
But per Christ's advice, it should really be the least of all our worries because God definitely can provide well. I look to this just like the "worries" of the disciples when there were 5,000 or more people who followed Christ and they did not have enough food. Yet, Christ was able to multiply the meager bread and fish they had and were able to fed those thousands of people plus plenty of leftovers.
Was there "buying and selling" there?
Now, so far, I have only talked mostly about the "these things". There is that other aspect of that passage which is more important: "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness". That is more important because that would be for our soul's necessities.
As it is, we can receive all "these things", all we want, when we indeed get to heaven. But we need to take "heaven and righteousness" as PRIME incentives and targets first. Then, all "these things" will just free-flowingly follow.
Incidentally, this verse was formerly excerpted at the title of my webpage exactly for THAT point. Originally, my webpage had a background of clouds and then on foreground were all the many thumbnail graphics of gifts that God has provided in our Church (ie. Eucharist, rosary, prayers, teachings, sacraments, Truth, etc.) These graphical links were shown to be like raindrops coming down from heaven.
My "theme" was: All "these things" - are the shower of many gifts as if falling down from the sky - we indeed can receive by seeking first His Kingdom and His righteousness. It so happen, the "gifts" I show are not just "food and clothing". Rather, the gifts falling from the sky are: Eucharist, Bible/Word of God, Mary, Angels, Rosary, teachings, etc. - and all such "gifts".
We will all INHERIT these, PLUS "food and such" when we indeed seek first His kingdom and righteousness.
STOP BLASPHEMING THE HOLY SPIRIT
Matthew 10:24 No disciple is above his teacher, no slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, for the slave that he become like his master.
We can know what God's Will is and this is what Jesus came here to fulfill. Jesus' Way is God, the Father's, commandment. Jesus implemented His Father's commandments through the life and pathway He treaded for us to follow and obey. Only He is the Way, the Truth and the Light and so it is only righteous to follow Him who gives us eternal life and therefore render our salvation. Everything He laid down as structures, architectures, solid frameworks (commandments and sacraments) are set as foundation for our Church, to house us, to be our shelter, to be our guidance and commandments. Anything else that are clearly NOT part of such structures, which totally contradicts His laid out commands or overhauls the pertinent elements included in His commands, are definitely not part of His Father's Will.
John 14:15-16 If you love Me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of Truth which the world can not accept, because it neither sees nor knows it. But you know it because it remains with you and will be in you. ...14:25 I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name, He will teach you everything and REMIND YOU OF ALL THAT I TOLD YOU.
I said before (Re: Sins against the Holy Spirit?) that there are two dictators to our conscience: 1. The Holy Spirit Who reminds us about the Word of God:
2. The other dictator is Satan, Himself:
Jesus says about the Holy Spirit:
Why blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is more serious?
The Spirit has come to remind us of everything that Jesus Christ has
established for the Church. Following these commandments is
following Jesus' Way and is the source for our eternal salvation.
On the other hand, disobeying the Word of God as implemented by Jesus Christ will lead us astray, cause confusion and undecisiveness as to follow Him and only His Way. It is worst and unforgiveable because it is INTENTIONAL malpractice, and outright disobedience of Spirit-guided commandments of God. And this in turn will cause abomination and destruction of people since they are led far away from the Ways of God, which in turn will cause eternal damnation.
Thus, blasphemy of what the Holy Spirit has come to remind us is unforgiveable since people are going to be doomed in the process.
God sent His Son, to establish and fulfill His Will. Then He followed the Son with the Holy Spirit to constantly remind us of the Will of God as has been fulfilled. Giving in to the dictates of the devil as stated above, will be the absolute unforgiveable blasphemy to the PLAN setup up by the Holy Trinity for us.
It is very clear what belongs to God's Church - His commandments and sacraments and all the pertinent elements in it:
This is the "House", the Structure, of which we belong - the Church.
The structure of this "House" is Jesus' Way as He came to establish,
settle and bind which is the Word of God Itself. Anyone who maintains
and obeys this framework of the "House" as governed and guided by
the Holy Spirit, will keep it strong against any strong winds or
Yet, the devil will try his best to destroy it. He'd try to lure everyone to be unconscientious of God's commandment which will lead to irresponsibility and forgetting to uphold them. Even given the grace and guidance from the Holy Spirit, once someone gives in the the lure of the devil, blasphemy against the Spirit is committed. Matt 12:29-30 "How can anyone enter a strong man's house and steal his property, unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house. Whoever is not with me is against me, ad whoever does not gather with me scatters."
The devil's goal is to try to "loosen-up" the strong joints and framework of the house such that its members will fret and go against each other as to what to do about it. The devil will provide the wrong solutions and alternatives as to try to "overhaul" the basic elements needed in the foundations of the House. Once the original elements are replaced with artificial and weak structures, the "House" will crumble. The Holy Spirit will be blasphemed if anyone hears the devil and makes him succeed in his ruthless endeavor.
Very clearly, one can discern who's trying to destroy who's territory.
To prevent blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, all one has to do is to
conform to what Jesus set for us to follow: His path, His commandments
and sacraments, since the Holy Spirit has come to remind us and
strengthen us in upholding this.
Choosing to follow the Holy Spirit (1) would be continued strength to the Church and its foundations. On the other hand, choosing the devil (2) would be blasphemy towards the "governor" of the Church/house. Indeed, it'd be blasphemy towards the Holy Spirit.
Therefore, based on God's Word as fulfilled by Jesus Christ, one can discern which belongs to God. It is not confusing. Everything is clear-cut as long as we keep to the pertinent elements and structures that Christ founded for us. And as the Roman Catholic Church has taken up everything in her Sacred Tradition by letting the Holy Spirit remind her of what Jesus taught and implemented (specifically the absolute necessities in these Sacred Tradition) our strenght lies on our obedience to her as she is guided by the Holy Spirit. The Church has been led to continue on upholding what's God's and everything that will contribute to its strength to "house" us and keep us safe forever, as we follow Christ's lead through her and the Holy Spirit's perseverence and guidance towards eternal life.
O, come Holy Spirit and stay with us so as we can keep God's commandments and sacraments forever.