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Gospel Reflections for October 1

Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

October 1, 2017 — Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 21:28-32
 Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

Regina wrote that when she and her brother were small children, he came out of the bathroom and asked, “Whose is the pink toothbrush?”  “Mine, why?” his mother answered suspiciously, “Did you drop it in the toilet?”  “Not today,” he answered, “yesterday.”

His repentance came too late! But the repentance of one brother in today’s Gospel parable was timely, and admirable. Jesus tells about a father who asks his two sons to work in his vineyard. One says yes, but doesn’t go. The other says no, but repents and does what he was asked.

Jesus is speaking to the chief priests and elders, who originally said yes to God, then refused to do his will. They refused also to repent when John the Baptist preached. Jesus asks them which of the two brothers in his parable did the father’s will. They, realizing their resemblance to the first brother, reluctantly admit that it was the second. Jesus criticizes them for saying yes without following up with action or timely repentance. He praises the tax collectors and prostitutes, who had said no to God, but did repent at John’s preaching. These tax collectors and sinners, Jesus says, will enter the kingdom of God, while the destiny of the chief priests and elders is uncertain.

In this parable, Jesus teaches us to repent, to say yes to God if we have previously said no. But saying yes and doing nothing, or saying no and repenting, are not the only ways to respond to God. The best way is to say yes and to do God’s will! Today we should look at our own lives, and repent of any sin. But we should also look to our Blessed Mother, who said yes to God, and did his will. Mary helps us, by her intercession, to imitate her. She repeats what she said to waiters at the wedding feast of Cana as she directed them to Jesus: “Do whatever he tells you.”

And she might add with a smile, “Don’t be like Regina’s little brother. Do whatever Jesus tells you ... today!”








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