Which son did the Fathers will?

Fr.-JeromeDear friends: In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us that words do not express the full human response to God, until they are put into practice in each person’s life. What is required is the integral response of the whole person: his thoughts, words and actions in total human capacity. To draw on a Biblical distinction, our search and openness to the experience of God needs to involve the heart even more than the mind. It is the heart that is the origin of our desires and actions. The heart turns truth into action. The gospel here distinguishes clearly between those considered nominally good and those who actually do well. One son only says he will work and the other does the actual work. Jesus declares, in a way that must have shocked the legalistic mindset of His hearers, those tax collectors are entering the Kingdom of God before the chief priest and the elders. In other words the one who works for his salvation will achieve it. As we reflect this parable let us learn to do Gods will with sincerity and trust.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

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