The Parable of the Two Sons

It is better to recognize our own mistakes and turn to God to become better people than to be self-righteous and look down at others.

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

As followers of Jesus, we should try to avoid being indifferent or think we are better than others. We can’t allow ourselves to think we are better people than those around us, for it is better to be humble and work on our own mistakes than to constantly point out the mistakes of others.

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.

Matthew 21:32.

The context for today’s Gospel is the mounting tension between Jesus and the Jewish religious leaders. Jesus has entered Jerusalem and overturned the money changers’ tables in the Temple. Jesus has caught the attention of the religious authorities; the chief priests and elders question Jesus about the source of his authority. Jesus refuses to name for these religious leaders the source of his authority. Instead, he questions the priests and elders through the parable we hear in today’s Gospel. The answer given by the religious leaders is correct, but it convicts them for their failure to heed the call of John the Baptist and for their inability to recognize the Kingdom of God.

Jesus could ask us the same question. Do our words indicate our obedience to God? If not our words, do our actions? God desires a full conversion of heart, that our actions (and our words as well) will give evidence of our love for God.

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Recorded Mass for today: St. Mary’s Parish in Ottawa