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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time — Oct. 1, 2023

Bishop’s Reflections

October 1, 2023

Every Sunday, Bishop Edward Malesic writes a Scripture reflection for the faithful. Follow the bishop on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time — Oct. 1, 2023

Actions speak louder than words. This is the meaning of today’s parable, given to us by Jesus.

He tells of a son who is asked by his father to go labor in his father’s vineyard, he says, “Yes, sir,” but never shows up for work. A second son is also asked by his father to get to work in the fields. At first he balks at the idea of going, and says, “I will not,” but in the end he shows up and gets to work.

Jesus asks the question, “Which of the two did the father’s will?” Of course, it is the son who did the father’s will and went into the vineyard.

Jesus then says that there are those who at first said “no” to God’s will, but later changed their minds, changed their lives, and went to work for the Kingdom of God. These can include people with checkered pasts, including tax collectors and prostitutes. Jesus says of them, “(They) are entering the kingdom of God before you.” He is speaking to Pharisees who have said “Yes” to God with their ritual lips, but “No” to God with their actions (or lack thereof).

In short, it is never too late to get to work, no matter our past, no matter our present, it is always possible to pick up one’s cross and follow after Jesus. To say “I am Christian” should make us act like one and that makes us look very different than the rest of the world.

Have a blessed week everyone.

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