“What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.”
Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
I am the mother of two sons and, as in the gospel today, I can ask each one of them the same question and get two different answers. It is not unusual that one will say “Yes” and not do as he is asked, and the other will say “No, I don’t want to!” After letting them hear what the consequences of their actions will be, they will usually give in to the request and complete the task they were asked to do. I’m happy when they have done as I asked, but frustrated that it took so much convincing from me to get it accomplished.
Is this how God feels when he asks something of me? Is this how I reply to his request to “go out and work in the vineyard today”? How much easier would it be to be still and listen for his word? For the daughter to do his will out of love for the Father?
When God asks us to “go out and work in the vineyard today,” let my ears and heart be open. Let my “yes” be as Mary’s was, knowing that whatever God asks of me offers a path that leads to him.
—Pam Pipas, RN serves as Health Care Coordinator for the Jesuits of the Akron, Cleveland, Detroit, and Toledo region.
Thank you, loving God, for for the blessing of our family. I often forget just how much you trust us as parents, by giving your precious children into our care. Please give me the eyes to see you in my children, your heart to love them, and your wisdom to help them grow. Amen.