Gospel Reflection for the 26th Sunday Ordinary Time Year A – September 28th 2014
Full scripture for this Sunday is available on our parish website. Daily Scripture is also available. Our parish Prayers of the Faithful for this Sunday are made available on the Dublin Diocesan website.
Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: ‘What is your opinion?
A man had two sons. He went and said to the first, “My boy, you go and work in the vineyard today”.
He answered, “I will not go”, but afterwards thought better of it and went.
The man then went and said the same thing to the second who answered, “Certainly, sir”, but did not go.
Which of the two did the father’s will?’ ‘The first’ they said.
Jesus said to them,
‘I tell you solemnly, tax collectors and prostitutes are making their way into the kingdom of God before you.
For John came to you, a pattern of true righteousness, but you did not believe him, and yet the tax collectors and prostitutes did.
Even after seeing that, you refused to think better of it and believe in him.
The second was grumpy but honest and generous. The first was kindly, confused and selfish. We know often people who do what they say, who do something in the end, or who don’t do what they say. The first man knew his mind and then did what was right. Bit of a humorous and honest story from Jesus – sincerity and integrity important. Feelings are a guide but in the end what counts is the doing!
A certain spirituality ignores our selves – it’s all about doing. Grit your teeth and get down to it. Roll up your sleeves and work…but ‘nobody asked us how we were’.
But we find God in the discernment and in the doing. In the end we must know how we feel about something and then put that in the hands of God and in prayer and do what seems right. The Lord wants the follow through! We need to take time to decide well – the first son did not do that. Then we need to follow and do what is right.
We need sound heads, compassionate hearts and willing hands.
The decision was about working in the vineyard. God calls all of us. The vineyard is where we live all the time. The call is to live in truth, love and justice.
We need to believe in the possibilities of a better world, and to become the people who join these two sons – to decide on what is right in the sight of God and to do it.
We will often resist. We want to do what is right and do the opposite. He understands our mixed motivation. In all of that we need the christian vision of and a desire to do the world a world of good.
Donal Neary SJ