On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: December 13, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

“I will go when I am good and ready.” What are you saying to the Lord really? The person He sends to you is not worthy of you? The Lord Himself who wants to heal you and transform you by His graces must wait on you? Where is the humility of heart?

What about you whom He sends out to tend to His kingdom and to bear fruit?
Will you not go? No time, no knowledge, don’t know enough, too many other commitments? Ask yourself this, who is it that reigns in Your heart? If it is the Lord Your God then take courage for He will never send you out empty handed. He will be with you.

Let my Yes be a yes for You O Lord my God. Fill me with Your graces and love as I go out each day into Your vineyard. 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 supplant 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 boosters 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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