Today's readings from the "Book of Isaiah" and the "Gospel of Matthew" remind us to bring forth good fruit from God's vineyard--a harvest of justice.
The first son who thought better of his initial refusal and eventually went to work truly carried out his father’s will. Those who sin can change.
Life often isn’t fair, and people frequently blame God for that. But in terms of Jesus’ story from today's Gospel, God’s fairness is different from ours.
We all must examine our consciences. How often would you or I forgive an offense from the same person? “As many as seven times?” as Peter asks.
Jesus' plan for dealing with someone in the community who sins urges us to begin “one on one,” so as to minimize the embarrassment or good reputation of the person.
For us the challenge of the gospel rarely comes as directly as today's Scripture passages, but it remains clear.
Matthew sees Jesus as a new Moses, who went up the mountain to teach the new Law. Jesus envisioned a relationship of mutual respect and responsibility for all in the church community.
The missionary task to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth is still ours today. It demands the persistence and faith of the Canaanite mother who confronted Jesus.
The perception of the prophet Elijah to discern God in an unlikely place, and the courage of Peter to take a bold step to meet Jesus are qualities we might do well to imitate.
Our Sunday Mass nourishes us, prepares us, and even obliges us to feed the hungry who seek nourishment and healing.