I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Reflection for Tuesday December 13, Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr; Matthew 21:28-32

Matthew 21:28-32
Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: “What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ The son said in reply, ‘I will not,’ but afterwards he changed his mind and went. The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, ‘Yes, sir,’ but did not go. Which of the two did his father’s will?” They answered, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the Kingdom of God before you. When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him; but tax collectors and prostitutes did. Yet even when you saw that, you did not later change your minds and believe him.
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Jesus directs the parable of the two sons to the chief priests and elders of the people. For the reason that they did not listen to the exhortation of John to change their self-righteous ways. Then He praised the tax collectors and prostitutes the usual sinners at that time because they listened and believed the exhortation of John to change their ways thus they henceforth walked away from their sinfulness.

This parable of the two sons is for us as well, we who superficially listens to the word of God. We who are faithful in our church obligations yet we don’t live what we learn from our church.

How quickly do we judge our fellowmen because of their appearance and the clothes that they wear? How quickly do we judge them because of their faith and the friends that they keep?  How quickly do we judge them because of their behavior and status in life?

We quickly judge by what we see not minding our own shortcomings and sinfulness. By doing so we personify the second son who said yes but did not go to the vineyard we also stand for the chief priest and elders of the people who did not heed the call of John to renew their lives.

The tax collectors and prostitutes were favored by Jesus for the simple reason that they heeded the call of John. Yes they were sinners but the moment they heard the preaching of John they listened, believed and walked away from their sinfulness. Thus they represent the first son who initially said no but later on had a change of heart and humbly went to work in the vineyard.     

We who are sinners and self-righteous are being called by Jesus to humble ourselves before Him. Too have a change of heart and to completely walk away from our sinfulness. Just like what the first son did and the sinful tax collectors and prostitutes who listened to John.

Would you respond to this call of Jesus? -  Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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