This weekend's Gospel includes the Parable of the Two Sons.
Three things hit me as I reflected on it:
1) One downside to hearing the Gospels in pieces like we do week to week (versus reading them straight through), is that I often lose sight of context. It didn't dawn on me until later that, if you read Matthew's Gospel as chronological, Jesus is probably days away from His death when He tells this parable.
2) Similarly, it is easy to miss the connection between this passage, and one earlier in Matthew's Gospel where Jesus tells us "Not everyone who says to me 'Lord! Lord!' will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only the one that does the will of my Father who is in Heaven."
3) Every time I
hear this reading my first reaction is to assume I am the son that does
the right thing, even if he initially says the wrong thing. In reality, I am probably more often like the son that
says he will do the right thing, but then does not. How many promises
do I make to God that I don't follow up on?
God Bless you.
P.S. For those of you that missed it, our fellow blogger friend Victor has published a new book called The Priest and the Prostitute. You can see the trailer (yes, there's a trailer!) for it here.