Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people, ‘What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He went and said to the first, “My boy, you go and work in the vineyard today.” He answered, “I will not go,” but afterwards thought better of it and went. The man then went and said the same thing to the second who answered, “Certainly, sir,” but did not go. Which of the two did the father’s will?’ ‘The first’ they said. Jesus said to them, ‘I tell you solemnly, tax collectors and prostitutes are making their way into the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you, a pattern of true righteousness, but you did not believe him, and yet the tax collectors and prostitutes did. Even after seeing that, you refused to think better of it and believe in him.’
Gospel for the 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time
The Scriptures are full of stories of those called to be faithful but who fall short and fail.
The stories are told to us who often find our ourselves in the same predicament. They are told to encourage us not to give in but to repent and to turn back to what is best. Since we listen, the story is not yet over, and so we are urged to take fresh heart.
And the Scriptures are also full of hope, born of God’s faithfulness, that through his constancy, even the sometimes inconstant have the opportunity to come to bliss.
- What ‘no’ in your life might better become a ‘yes’?
- And is there a ‘yes’ that would better be a ‘no’?
Detail of Terre, mer et ciel, a painting by Anna Eva Bergman. Displayed at Carré d’art, Nimes, France. (c) 2017, Allen Morris.