Catechetical Corner

Jesus poses a question to the chief priests and elders on the meaning of obedience

From the desk of Ms. Kathleen Cook, Director of Religious Education

Theme: Jesus poses a question to the chief priests and elders on the meaning of obedience

Scripture: The Parable of the Two Sons: Matthew 21:28-32

In today’s Gospel Jesus shows how different people obey what God has called them to do. In Jesus’ parable of the two sons, the father asked both sons to go and work in his vineyard. One son answered, “No,” but went and worked. The other son answered “yes”  but did not go. In telling the story, Jesus wants us to realize that what we do is more important than what we say we will do. Jesus wants us to answer, “Yes,” when he tells us to “Love one another,” but what he really wants is for us to love one another! Jesus wants us to answer, “Yes,” when he says, “Follow me,” but what he really wants is for us to follow him!

Father, sometimes we say, “Yes,” but our actions say, “No.” Help us to be faithful to do what you have called us to do. Amen.

Reflect: If a word or phrase from the Gospel captures your heart, sit quietly for several minutes, repeating it to yourself and asking God to show you how it applies to your life.

Or reflect and possibly journal on the following question: When have the privileges of leadership or being an older sibling tempted you to take advantage of or ignore others?

Suggested book that compliments today’s Gospel:

Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man

Written by David A. Adler

Illustrated by Terry Widener

Copyright 2001 HMS Books for Young


ISBN-10: 0152024832

ISBN-13: 978-0152024833

Family Discussion: The example Jesus poses in today’s Gospel could have been taken directly from family experience. Each of us can recall instances in which family members spoke one thing but then did another. The point of Jesus’ story is to show that our actions speak louder than words, even with God.

As you gather as a family, talk about times when a family member said one thing and then did another. Acknowledge that sometimes the action taken displays a true change of heart. Then read today’s Gospel, Matthew 21:28-32. Observe that Jesus faulted the religious leaders for not allowing John the Baptist’s message of repentance to change their hearts and actions. The word we sometimes use for this change of heart is conversion. Jesus wants us to do more than pay lip service to the Gospel; he wants us to be transformed by his word.

Pray together that your family will experience a conversion to God and show evidence of this in both actions and words. Pray together today’s second reading, Philippians 2:1-5.