Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saint Matthew 21:28-32
by Daily Gospel | Source: Daily Gospel
Book of Ezekiel 18:25-28. 

You say, "The LORD'S way is not fair!" Hear now, house of Israel: Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair? 
When a virtuous man turns away from virtue to commit iniquity, and dies, it is because of the iniquity he committed that he must die. 
But if a wicked man, turning from the wickedness he has committed, does what is right and just, he shall preserve his life; 
since he has turned away from all the sins which he committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 

Psalms 25(24):4bc-5.6-7.8-9. 

Make known to me your ways, LORD; teach me your paths. 
Make known to me your ways, LORD; teach me your paths. 
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior. For you I wait all the long day, because of your goodness, LORD. 
Remember your compassion and love, O LORD; for they are ages old. 

Remember no more the sins of my youth; remember me only in light of your love. 
Good and upright is the LORD, who shows sinners the way, 
Guides the humble rightly, and teaches the humble the way. 

Letter to the Philippians 2:1-11. 

If there is any encouragement in Christ, any solace in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy, 
complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing. 
Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, 
each looking out not for his own interests, but (also) everyone for those of others. 
Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, 
Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. 
Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, 
he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. 
Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 21:28-32. 

What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, 'Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.'
He said in reply, 'I will not,' but afterwards he changed his mind and went. 
The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, 'Yes, sir,' but did not go. 
Which of the two did his father's will?" They answered, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you.
When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him; but tax collectors and prostitutes did. Yet even when you saw that, you did not later change your minds and believe him.

Commentary of the day 

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross [Edith Stein] (1891-1942), Carmelite, martyr, co-patron of Europe 
Meditation for the feast of the Exaltation of the cross (©Institute of Carmelite studies)
Obedient to the Father in the footsteps of the Son

«Your will be done!» (Mt 6,10). This was the content of the Savior's life. He came into the world to fulfill the Father's will, not only to atone for the sin of disobedience through his obedience (Rom 5,19), but also to lead people back to their destiny by the way of obedience. 

The created will is not destined to be free to exalt itself. It is called to come into unison with the divine will. If it freely submits itself to this unison, then it is permitted in freedom to participate in the perfection of creation. If a free creature declines this unison, it lapses into bondage. The human will continues to retain the possibility of choice, but it is constrained by creatures that pull and pres­sure it in directions straying from the development of the nature desired by God, and so away from the goal toward which it itself was directed by its original freedom. With the loss of this original freedom, it also loses security in making decisions. It becomes unsteady and wavering, buf­feted by doubt and scruples or obdurate in its error. 

There is no other remedy for this than the following of Christ, the Son of Man, who not only promptly obeyed his heavenly Father, but also subjected himself to people who imposed the Father's will on him. The obedience enjoined by God releases the enslaved will from the bonds of creatures and leads it back to freedom. Thus, it is also the way to purity of heart.





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