Matthew 21: 28-32
"What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to thefirst and said, 'Son, go and work in the vineyard today.' He answered, 'I willnot'; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second andsaid the same; and he answered, 'I am on my waygo, sir'; but he did not go.Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said, "Thefirst." Jesus said to them, "Truly I tell you, the tax collectors andthe prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John cameto you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the taxcollectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you didnot change your minds and believe him.
Introductory Prayer: In you, Lord, I find all my joy andhappiness. How could I offend you by chasing after fleeting success andlifeless trophies? I believe in you because you are truth itself. I hope in youbecause you are faithful to your promises. I love you because you have loved mefirst. I am a sinner; nevertheless, you have given me so many blessings. HumblyI humbly thank you.
Petition: Lord, help me to follow you, regardless ofcircumstances and times.
1. A Higher Authority: Jesus is in Jerusalem, exchangingwords with the Pharisees. They have tried to trap our Lord by asking him fromwhere he gets his authority. Our Lord, in his wit, turns it back to them. Heasks them a question which brings them to accuse themselves of lacking fidelityto God. Jesus is looking for faith. Faith is the attitude that searches for anauthority in life higher than one’s own. When God calls us to live his will, weshould in faith accept it and live it. Even if it seems inconvenient oruncomfortable to us, we should not look for ways to live outside it. It is veryimportant that we bypass inauthentic outlooks on life.
2. Christ’s Mentality: If we are to understand this Gospelpassage, we must make an effort to rid ourselves of the “modern mentality”. Inthe modern mentality, we do whatever we please as long as we don’t step onanyone else’s toes. Jesus proposes a different mentality. Jesus suggests thatwe not only listen to, but also do, the will of God in our lives. Neither sonin this parable was perfectly in tune with Christ’s suggestion, but at leastone of the sons came to his senses and repented for his stubbornness of heart.
3. An Apparent Defeat: Many of us reading through this scenewould congratulate Jesus for putting down his enemies and winning the debate.We would toss confetti at the Lord for his wisdom and knowledge in getting outof this predicament. This, though, wasn’t the case. Jesus felt it as a loss. Hedid not care about appearing better than the others. He left this encountersaddened because he truly desired that the Pharisees believe him and accept hissaving message. We ought not to try to shine over our foes. Instead we shouldwork hard to help them see the light.
Conversation with Christ: Jesus, as you reach out to thosewho tried to trap you, you show me a beautiful example of charity. Help me topossess this same spirit so that I can go beyond the attitudes of the two sonsin the Gospel. With even a little of your charity, I could certainly be a sonof two “yeses.”. Help me to say “yes” when you ask me something and also to doit immediately – without hesitating for even a moment. Lord, may your will bedone!
Resolution: This week, when the alarm
goes off early tostart my day, I will make an effort to be diligent and punctual for love ofGod’s
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