Domingo, 28 de septiembre de 2014

Catholic Calendar  and Daily Meditation

Sunday, September 28, 2014 
Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture for Sunday's Liturgy of the Word:

Ezekiel 18:25-28
Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14
Philippians 2:1-11
Or Philippians 2:1-5
Matthew 21:28-32

A reflection on today's Sacred Scriptures:

I'm sure you've heard the old saying:
"A wise man changes his mind sometimes; a fool, never!"

That's a great reply when someone says to you, "But you said a month ago!". . . etc.

In this Sunday's readings, God is giving us advice on when to change our minds, and when not to. If we're pretty well secure in habits of virtue, then it's not a good idea to give in to the persuasions of friends who call us old-fashioned or foolish for following the teachings of our parents and childhood religion classes~~and act contrary to our principles. To change because of fear of losing face or being the butt of ridicule could risk God's displeasure, loss of grace, and even loss of eternal happiness!

There's another kind of change discussed in the readings. And that's the kind of change that may be defined as conversion~~from sinful ways to virtuous ones. That's the kind of change that won the approval of Jesus in the Gospel~~by the first son in the parable. He is the lad who said "no" to his father's request. He was ready to disobey the father, risking his displeasure and even punishment. Then, (wisely), he began to feel guilty. He decided it wouldn't kill him to cut short a good time with his friends to work for his father. Let's hope that it was really love that made him change his mind. But even if it was merely shame, and maybe a little fear of the consequences of his refusal, he did change his mind. If his friends were real friends, they more than likely respected him for his decision.

How different was the behavior of the second son who said "yes" to his father, but then never followed through! He just wanted to look good, and avoid the disappointment and perhaps anger in his father's eyes. He was quite possibly a hypocrite, who had no intention at all of helping in the vineyard. No one likes a hypocrite, not even the hypocrite himself. Of course, he may just have been a weakling, of whom it is said, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." His problem was loving himself and his own pleasure more than his father.

How do we know when to change our minds and when not to? The second reading gives us sound advice: "Do nothing out of selfishness~~rather, have that mind in you which is in Christ Jesus who humbled Himself even to the point of death." To change one's mind is often humbling, especially if we risk the ridicule of worldly friends or even worldly family members. But isn't it far better than to stubbornly keep to the road that will eventually send us over the proverbial cliff?

Christ is our sure guide. His teaching for modern times is found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Try one of its shorter forms.

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore | email: pwhitmore29( ) 


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