The Gospel Today
Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Matthew 22: 28-32
Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people:
“What is your opinion?
A man had two sons.
He came to the first and said,
‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’
He said in reply, ‘I will not, ‘
but afterwards changed his mind and went.
The man came to the other son and gave the same order.
He said in reply, ‘Yes, sir, ‘but did not go.
Which of the two did his father’s will?”
They answered, “The first.”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you,
tax collectors and prostitutes
are entering the kingdom of God before you.
When John came to you in the way of righteousness,
you did not believe him;
but tax collectors and prostitutes did.
Yet even when you saw that,
you did not later change your minds and believe him.”
Reflection (Sem. Randy Buquis):
The Gospel today makes the point that it is not enough to talk, one must also do God’s will as our actions show what is deep down in our hearts. A “yes” answer should be followed by a “yes” action. But for me, still I hope that anyone who initially says “no”, there is always time to reflect and realise that it is the wrong answer that has to be corrected and thereafter, live a new life. I know we are more familiar with the phrase “Actions speak louder than words”. This parable of the two sons illustrate the two opposite courses that people have taken in response to God’s call through the gospel.
It is good to ask ourselves: What hinders us to respond and act according to the will of God? Or maybe we can respond but were are unable to act on what we have responded to. There should be a transparency to what we’re saying and to what we are doing.
The Gospel today is reminding me about following Jesus. As I reflect on the Gospel the invitation for me is not just following Christ but fulfilling the mission that he has given me. That fulfilment requires following Jesus can be seen in my words and actions. Since I believed that we are created for a mission, a mission waiting for us to fulfil. Everyday in my life there is a mission that is waiting for me. It’s good to always ask myself if I am willing to fulfil that mission wholeheartedly _ trusting Him and realizing that offering all difficulties to Him can make all things possible.