Jesus said to the chief priests and the 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.’
Journeying with the Gospel Steps:
1. We read the Gospel passage several times to become familiar with the past event it describes. Where it took place? When it took place. Who was involved? What happened back then?
2. In Meditation we allow the passage to put us in touch with similar events in our lives and in our world today, in our personal relationships, in family life, workplace, in church community, society or world – until we come to see God’s presence and activity to be as real in “today’s events” as in the “past events,
3. Spontaneously we are moved to a prayer of thanksgiving, or repentance or petition or all three.
- Can you identify with one of the sons in the passage? Perhaps you have been both at different times? Let the passage bring to mind a time when someone in your family asked for your help but you refused. Then on reflection you had a change of heart and helped with the task.
- Lord help us to sustain a spirit of generosity, thank you for the opportunities you send us to support and help others and the sense of belonging we experience from giving and receiving with love.
- Father forgive us for the times when like the second son, we made promises that we did not keep. We ask for the grace to keep us on the path of ‘true righteousness’ and faithful to your way.