On Today’s Gospel

Posted: December 15, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Do not procrastinate any longer. Do not make empty promises. Turn away from sin. And come let us love and serve our Lord God together.

For His love and mercy abounds. His joy and peace will fill our hearts. Now and forever. Amen

First reading
Zephaniah 3:1-2,9-13

Trouble is coming to the rebellious, the defiled,
the tyrannical city!

She would never listen to the call, would never learn the lesson; she has never trusted in the Lord, never drawn near to her God.

Yes, I will then give the peoples lips that are clean,
so that all may invoke the name of the Lord and serve him under the same yoke.

From beyond the banks of the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants will bring me offerings.

When that day comes
you need feel no shame for all the misdeeds you have committed against me,
for I will remove your proud boasters from your midst;
and you will cease to strut
on my holy mountain.

In your midst I will leave
a humble and lowly people,
and those who are left in Israel will seek refuge in the name of the Lord.

They will do no wrong,
will tell no lies; and the perjured tongue will no longer
be found in their mouths.

But they will be able to graze and rest with no one to disturb them.

Gospel
Matthew 21:28-32

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.’

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