Friday, September 26, 2014

How Will You Answer?

Dear Parishioners,

Today’s parable is a story about a man who had two sons (Matthew 21:28-32). One morning, the father asked one of his sons to go and work in the family vineyard. The boy responded with a defiant “I will not.” But later in the day, he reconsidered his father’s request and went to work.

The father asked his second son to go work in the vineyard. The boy responded, “I will, sir,” but then he didn’t. Jesus asked those standing around, “Which of the two did the will of his father?” “The first one,” they answered, and they were right.

So here we are, “Yes” and “No” people before God in whose image we are made. If we listen, we will hear the invitation of the Father who never accepts that “No” is our final answer. In the most negative moment of your life, God believes you have a “yes” that longs not only to be said, but to be lived. So, no matter what may have been your “No,” live into “Yes” and in so doing, become God’s gift in Christ to yourself and others.

- Deacon Robert

“Nothing created has ever been able to fill the
heart of man. God alone can fill it infinitely.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas