Matthew 21:28-32 Reflection ~
I know I have frequently not done what the Lord expected from me. However, each time God’s unconditional love allowed me to return to the routine of working in the vineyard. However, ignoring worldly challenges is not unique to me. Worldliness affects everyone, but we can change our minds and return to the Father. We must remember that sin attracts us away “in the way of righteousness.” However, faith calls us forward toward belief, forgiveness, compassion, empathy, mercy, and the truth of helping others.
The Chief Priests Ask Jesus by What Right Does He Act in This Way by James Tissot (full-resolution painting) and more detail at the Brooklyn Museum website.
Matthew 21:28-32 – Scripture*
The Parable of the Two Sons
28 “What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29 He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. 30 The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. 31 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. 32 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.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel and reading this Lectio Divina on Matthew 21:28-32 Reflection – In the Way of Righteousness.
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Prayer for young families:
Lord, let the young families of our communities get to know your joy, peace, comfort, and love despite worldly distractions.
*This site has permission to use the New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE) Bible Luke 20 passage.