MY daily reflection and prayer: Sunday, September 28, 2014
Dear my friends, Here is the Gospel for us today, according to St. 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.”
And this is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ.
By reading the Gospel proclaimed to all of us today, we meet Jesus who tells a simple story. He tells a story of two imperfect sons to illustrate the way of God’s kingdom. The first is “a no man but to do the best with corverting heart”. The second is “a yes man but to do nothing with arrogant heart”.
What can we contemplate from this story? Let’s pay attention to the Jesus’ question: “Which of the two did his father’s will?” The answer is very clear and easy. What does it mean for us?
First of all, Jesus invites us to have a converting heart and will to do what is good and pleasing to God. The first son is a symbol of the sinners, tax collectors and prostitutes. They are the “rebellious” sons and daughters of God who will not work for Him. But, afterwards they change their mind and do what God commands them. They are very contrast with the second one, symbol of the “good” sons and daughters who say they would work for God, but do not follow through. They seek their own pleasure, contrary to God’s will.
We know then, who are really the good sons and daughters of God? The good ones are those who are called the sinners but they repent with converting heart and then do what God tells them. The lesson we can learn here is that good intention is not enough for God. We shall perform it in our daily lives. It’s not easy but we must never give up.
Second, Jesus never condemn us, the sinners. He wants us to change our hearts. We will show our repentance in our speech and in our actions. He always offers each one of us the greatest treasure namely peace, joy, and friendship with Him in His everlasting kingdom following our repebtance. We can lose that treasure if we refuse His blessing and strength which He has won for us through His death on the cross and His resurrection.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we learn to please God and respect His will and love for us with our contrite heart. There, we surrender our vulnerable lives to Jesus Christ who fills us with the gift of the Holy Spirit. Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to fill our heart with the peace, joy, and righteousness of God’s kingdom.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, change our heart that we may only desire that which is pleasing to You. We are the sinners. Help us to respect Your will and give us the strength, joy and perseverance to carry it out wholeheartedly, now and forever. Amen
Girli Kebon Dalem
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