Christians have an obligation to be good citizens. But God can and will call on us for a response which comes first.
Jesus taught us how God gives sinners another chance. But we must take the Kingdom--and our participation in it--very seriously.
In some versions of the Biblical stories, the very productivity of the vineyard stands for how God's people fail to make use of the care and nurturing God lavishes on us.
The point our Lord wants to make is clear: those who sin can change. Sinners who repent are welcome in the Kingdom.
Perhaps we're meant to delve deeper into what "fairness" means in human terms, so that we can understand it in God's terms.
Perhaps we are quick to criticize Peter for his stinginess in forgiving. But how often would you or I forgive an offense from the same person?
Today’s Gospel gives Christ’s step-by-step plan for dealing with someone in the community who sins.
The challenge of the gospel remains real for us. We want to save face, avoid the embarrassment of taking an unpopular stand. But at what cost?
Our faith is incarnational--it is rooted in both the human and the divine. The challenge of God's Word today is to keep a "heavenly" perspective in our understanding of leadership and service.
Matthew relates a story that shows how a mission to the Gentiles could still respect the historical role of Israel in first hearing the Good News.