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Reading: Matthew 21:28-32
‘What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, “Son, go and work in the vineyard today.” He answered, “I will not”; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, “I go, sir”; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?’ They said, ‘The first.’ Jesus said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, the tax-collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax-collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.
In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus tells the Parable of the Two Sons. The first son says “I will not go” but went and the second says “I go, sir” but did not go. The question is obvious: which of the two sons did the father’s will?
The first son represents those who voluntarily make wrong decisions but later on repent and make amends by doing what is asked of them. The second son represents those show good intention and make promises quickly, but do not fulfill them.
The Father has commanded us to do His will.
Our words and deeds must concretely express our “yes” to God’s will. Good intentions are not enough. We must strive to put our intentions into action. God will judge us by our actions, not by our intentions.