Reflection on the Scripture Twenty-sixth Sunday Gospel A

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Twenty-sixth Sunday Ordinary Time: Gospel Matthew 21:28-32

Jesus said: "What is your opinion?

Jesus addresses the question to the religious leaders of his day, who have rejected both John the Baptist and himself. But reflect how it applies to each of us at different times.

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 he changed his mind and went.

Have we acted this way in the past towards God? Have we said "No" to God and sinned, but later repented and returned to the Lord?
The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, 'Yes, sir,' but did not go.
Have we acted this way in the past as well towards God? Have we said "Yes" on the surface but in fact did not do what God desires? It was a "yes" of convenience not of commitment.
When have I said "yes" to God but failed to do it? This past week? This past month?

Which of the two did his father's will?"

Isn’t this the heart of the question? Doing the will of God, either initially or ultimately?
How consistently and consciously do we see the will of God in our daily life?

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.

Do we at times find ourselves self-righteous towards others?
What is the attitude God is challenging us to have?

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