Beads of Joy 12-15-09
Who Did His Father's Will?
©2009 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
Oh wow was today's study fun. I really enjoy studying, learning and sharing all I can when it comes to parables. The thing I enjoy so much about a parable is that it channels so much spiritual truth, in sometimes just a few sentences. They are always full of wisdom because they carry so much conviction and divine authority; parables kinda stir up or excite the conscience and the sub-conscience.
Another very intriguing part is that no single interpretation can exhaust its meaning. They are truly gems with multiple reflections, views and angles of beauty and wisdom. And every parable is its own distinct treasure chest of wisdom to be shared. Today we look at Matthew 21:28-32 (The Parable of the Two Sons). God will only ask of the services of those who are His own. In this parable both sons heard the same command from their Father. One refused to obey, but later repented and the other said he'd obey, but failed to. Both sons were wrong in how they responded to their Father. The first rebelled with a "no" while the second deceived him with a "yes".
There is so much insight in the simplicity of these words. Even though the first son was rebellious and guilty of not obeying his Father; he saw the wickedness of his sin and felt the need for repentance in his heart. And that led him to do his Father's will in the vineyard. Yet the second son acted righteous and obedient and agreed to do that which his Father requested of him, but in the end he was disobedient and rebellious to his Father. He straight out lied to his Father. Of the two it was indeed the first son who truly obey his Father.
Now let us think for a moment are we really ready to obey God, and to be chosen by Him to do His work in the vineyard? God doesn't only want our good intentions, it's clear in this parable that good intentions alone with a promise don't count; especially when one don't follow through. Our Lord wants our hearts to change, and in that change show Him that we want to do His will. There are so many wonderful gifts that we receive from God. The choices we make, the life we live now, will indeed determine our eternity. We must think before we act, before we respond, before we do anything that not only offends our Lord, but shuts Him out.
The Grace God gives us, His truth, His love, and righteousness. All bless our lives.
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO