Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:15-21

The readings of the last three Sundays reminded us of the Parousia (the second coming of Christ). It urged us to respond to God’s invitation to the heavenly banquet, a rejection of which is a total rejection of God, Joy and the beatific vision.

In today’s Gospel reading, we see the Jewish leaders still adamant and obstinate in sin, in their evil plan to get our Lord Jesus Christ by deliberately and carefully formulating questions, which they subtly framed to trap Him by His own answer. Child of God, sometimes you and I behave this way.

Perhaps one essential lesson we should take from this passage is to be reminded that we must never allow ourselves to become obstinate in our sins.

We should never become so entrenched in our sins and, especially, in our self-righteousness that we are not willing to listen, reason, and humbly change when we realize we were wrong.

The Pharisees were not open to change and this is the worst part of their sin.

Isaiah 30:1 declares “Woe to the obstinate children,” declares the LORD, “to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin.” “These are rebellious people, deceitful children, children unwilling to obey the LORD’s instruction.”- Isaiah 30:9. In Isaiah 65:2 God says “All day long I have held out My hands to an obstinate people, who walk in the wrong path, who follow their imaginations.”

Child of God, reflect, today, upon whether you, also, struggle with being obstinate and stubborn.

Do not fall into this trap since it is a sin against the Holy Spirit. Let us reflect on how open we are to change and commit ourselves to the path of humility and forgiveness. This is a path you will never regret walking down.

MASS: GREEN TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR(A): MISSION SUNDAY; Is 45:1.4-6; Ps 96:1 and 3.4-5.7-8.9-10a and c (R.7b) 1 Thess 1:1-5b; Accl Phil 2:15d-16a; Gospel Mt 22:15-21

Prayer Points:

  1. Lord, when I sin, help me to be open to see my error. Free me from the tendency of obstinacy and hardness of heart. Help me to always remain humble and make me willing to change. I love You, dear Lord. Help me to love all Your people with a sincere and humble heart. Jesus, I trust in You.
  2. Pray with Ezekiel 11:2-4 against all the evil plans against you
  3. Come against every trap set against you in prayer
  4. Ask God for wisdom and knowledge to direct you in all you do


Meditation: Romans 2:5