Monday, December 16, 2014
DEAR my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Matthew 21:28-32
“What do you think? A man had two sons; and he went to the first and said, `Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ And he answered, `I will not’; but afterward he repented and went. And he went to the second and said the same; and he answered, `I go, sir,’ but did not go.
Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the harlots believed him; and even when you saw it, you did not afterward repent and believe him.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ.
The Gospel today proclaims about Jesus who tells a simple story of two imperfect sons to illustrate how do we prepare to be the citizens of God’s Kingdom. Jesus Christ wants us to be His people who show Him gratitude and loyalty by doing our daily works and services. He expects us to do what is good and pleasing to God.
Jesus gives us a story about two sons who have different characters. The first is a “rebellious” son who tells his father to his face that he will not work for him; but afterwards he changes his mind and does what his father commands him. The second is a “good” son who says that he will work for his father, but does not follow through. He sought his own pleasure, contrary to his father’s will.
Surely, both sons disobey their father, but one repents and then does what the father tell him and the other one is in the contrary. What we can learn from it?
The important lesson for us is that God wants to change our hearts so that we will show by our speech and by our deeds that we respect his will and do it faithfully. In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we learn to please God and respect His will and loving plan for our lives.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, guide us and change our hearts that we may only desire that which is pleasing to You. Give us the strength, joy and perseverance to do Your will wholeheartedly now and forever. Amen.
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