"Which of the two did the will of the father?" They said, "The first." In today's Gospel, Jesus reminds us that we are to be faithful to our word by translating it into action. The first son, after been told to go and work in the vineyard, says that he will not. I imagine that the father must have been disappointed in his response. And yet, the son repents and realized that faults of his response and goes to the vineyard to do his work. The second son responds favorably to his father's request. One can imagine that the father must have been happy with his response and even proud of him. And yet, his actions did not match his yes and he never goes to the field. This Gospel passage is about the importance of commitment, of faithfulness. Our word means nothing if it is not translated into action. It is about living with integrity, about obedience to the will of God.
- The first step on the way to humility is to obey an order without delaying for a moment. that is a response which comes easily to those who hold nothing dearer than Christ.
- The obedience of such people leads them to leave aside their own concerns and forsake their own will. They abandon what they have in hand and leave it unfinished. With a ready step inspired by obedience they respond by their action to the voice that summons them.
- We should remember, however, that such obedience will be acceptable to God, and rewarding to us, if we carry out the orders given us in a way that is not fearful, nor slow, nor half-hearted, nor marred by murmuring or the sort of compliance that betrays resentment.