What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ He said in reply, ‘I will not,’ but afterwards he changed his mind and went. The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, ‘Yes, sir,’ but did not go. Which of the two did his father’s will?” They answered, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you. 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 21:28-32
In Matthew 21:28-32, we read the Parable of the Two Sons. Jesus is addressing the chief priests and elders at the temple, who were trying to trick him into incriminating himself by questioning his authority. Jesus answered them with a question of his own, to which they could not give an answer. In the Parable of the Two Sons, Jesus tells them that “tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you,” (Mt 21:31) because they did not heed John the Baptist’s call to repent, which the disrespected and shunned of Jerusalem did. Despite witnessing the least of the community believe, the hearts of the chief priests and elders remained hardened. We are reminded that the lowest of the low humbled themselves to receive the Good News foretold by John the Baptist; the same Good News that came to us in the form of an infant born in humble surroundings. As we near the end of our Advent journey, let us repent, rejoice and be glad in the Good News of great joy we will soon celebrate once again; that Christ is born in Bethlehem to save you, and to save me. Copyright 2014, David Hutchings
is a Catholic speaker, blogger, podcaster and writer. She believes that the Grace of God received through Prayer, Sacrament, and Scripture is the easiest and best way to grow in our faith.
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