26th Sunday in Ordinary Time


Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:28-32

Oftentimes, people will say one thing and do another; The two sons in the parable disobeyed the father. The first son said ‘no’, but later decided to obey his father. The second son said ‘yes’, but did not do what his father told him to do. In effect, it was also a ‘no’. Both of them offended the father. The ‘yes’ of the second son, though it initially pleased the father, was rendered meaningless by his disobedience. The ‘no’ of the first son hurt the father, but his subsequent repentance and obedience made the father happy in the end. Ultimately, it is not the words that really matter but the deed. Our Lord Jesus Christ said: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).

Between the two sons, which of them should we follow? The answer comes from St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians: we follow neither the first son, nor the second son. Rather, we follow the third son: the one who said “yes” and obeyed the will of the heavenly Father even unto death. He is Jesus Christ. So, Saint Paul exhorts us: “Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5).

Being a Christian does not consist only of receiving honour and privileges. It has also its corresponding duties and responsibilities, and these are fulfilled not by talking but by doing, not by words but by action. One time when our Lord Jesus Christ was teaching in the synagogue, someone told Him: “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, asking to speak with you.” But our Lord Jesus Christ looked around and asked, “Who is my mother? And who are my brothers?” And pointing to His Disciples, He said: “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother to me” (Matthew 12:48-50). It is in doing and obeying God’s will that makes us true brothers and sisters of our Lord Jesus Christ. Words do not mean anything when they are not accompanied by actions. Worst still, our words lose their value when our actions contradict them. Nobody will believe our words anymore.

MASS: GREEN TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (A) Ezek 18:25-28, Ps 25:4-5.6-7.8-9(R.6a); Phil 2:1-11 OR Phil 2:1-5; Accl Jn 10:27; Gospel Mt 21:28-32

Prayer Point:

1.         Be my guide, O Lord and help me to be obedient to You both in Words and actions. Help those who are disobedient to find You, O Lord and forgive us all for our hypocrisy and pretense in the Name of Jesus the Lord-Amen

Exercise: Let us make sure our ‘yes’ to God is seen in our actions, behaviour and obedience to His commands.

Meditation: Matthew 12:48-50