Reflection from Fr. Taylor: October 1, 2017, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ezekiel 18: 25-28    Philippians 2: 1-11    Matthew 21: 28-32

Today’s Gospel could be entitled “action speaks louder than words”. All of us know that at certain times when it comes to making decisions, even moral decisions, we are sitting on the fence deciding which way to go, knowing there are consequences no matter what we do. But even if there is doubt and hesitation and we get the courage to do what is right, the Lord acknowledges that decision.

Free will is something very powerful. It causes us to reflect upon our actions. Today there are so many more decisions that we have to make. It does us well first to take it to the Lord in prayer, and then maybe even consult others, our brothers and sisters  who are in the same kind of dilemma as we. The parable of the two sons reminds us of this. Even if we make the wrong choice isn’t it good to know that the Lord gives us so many opportunities to make up for this.

However there is another saying, “never put off till tomorrow what you can do good today for tomorrow is not promised.” The fact that we are moral decision makers is just a sign of how much the Lord believes in us and trusts us. We for our own part must never take this challenge lightly.

The parable also reminds us that those who are given much power are expected to use it in the right way.  It is something to think about on our daily journey.

 

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