Posted by: livingscripture | September 25, 2011

Twenty Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him; but tax collectors and prostitutes did.”

                 Matthew 21: 32                                                               

How should we live this Word 

Today’s liturgy stresses our personal responsibility before of God.  Belonging to a particular group does not guarantee friendship with God.  This depends on free choice, made not only once, but renewed and rendered concrete in our everyday lives. 

Thus Ezekiel communicates a fundamental truth to the Israelites about their Covenant with God.  God is just and we are on God’s side when we live uprightly in our rapports with God and others.  Justice is always a conquest and a conversion. Jesus demonstrates this to the Chief Priests and the Elders of the people.  In the parable, the father wants to send his sons to work in his vineyard.  The first says ‘no’ but then he re-considers and goes.  The second immediately says ‘yes’ but then does not go to the vineyard.  The vineyard represents God’s people and the two sons are people of every time who respond differently to the Lord’s call. 

Jesus applies the story to His listeners who had the possibility and the capacity to recognize that He was the One sent by God.  However, they continued in their stubborn egoistical and hypocritical attitude.  Instead, the sinners encountered love and truth in Jesus, and opened up to faith and conversion of life.                                                   

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will review my fidelity to God’s Covenant.  Each day God offers me the occasion for a renewed choice, for deeper conversion, and of more intimate faith.

Lord, purify my heart and my mind so that I may truly walk beside You on the road of my life, seeking with humility and love, the Father’s will for me. 

The voice of Thomas Keating 

Jesus’ words intended to exhort His followers to examine their acquired values and to open themselves to the proposal of radical change that He represented.

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