Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent ‘a’
I have a friend who, whenever I ask her for a favor, would always say -- no, why me, not again and so on… but after that, she would say, OK -- I will do it. I like to tease her that she is like that first son from today’s gospel reading who after being asked by his father to go to work in his vineyard: “said in reply, ‘I will not,’ but afterwards he changed his mind and went.” The second son said that he will go but didn’t. Jesus asked: “Which of the two did his father’s will?” They answered -- the first. What are we learning here? We are learning that for God, it’s not just the good intentions, not our promises that count, but our actions. You may be like that first son from Jesus’ parable and say no to God as many times as you want, but in the end if you fulfill his will, that’s what counts. On the contrary -- you may be all excited and make a big declarations and lengthy promises to God in your prayers, but if you won’t act, then you are not doing God’s will.