Gospel Reading and Thoughts for September 28, 2014

 

Gospel – Matthew 21:28-32

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.”two sons

 

How often I fluctuate between the two sons. I tell God repeatedly that I don’t want to do something He asks of me, but then I eventually end up following His will.  I do what He has asked of me even if it is difficult or uncomfortable.  On other days, I have great intentions – “Of course, Lord!  I will do what you ask of me!”  Great is my enthusiasm, but short is my patience and time.  I would love to attend an extra mass or two a week, but I always find other ways to fill my day.  I really need quiet time with the Lord, reading His word and listening for His voice, yet my perceived obligations and things to do dominate my schedule and my mind.

In the end, I need to say yes to God whether it is right away or a little delayed. I need to follow His will and listen for His voice.  He will never lead me astray.

 

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