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Lectionary Reflection
Year A, Proper 21, Gospel Reading

Matthew 21: 28-32

Jesus said, "What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, `Son, go and work in the vineyard today.' He answered, `I will not'; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, `I go, sir'; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him."

Reflection on Matthew 21: 28-32
by Nan Stokes

This is a hard gospel lesson. Which is better: making a promise and not keeping it? or saying "No" and then doing it? Both answers are difficult, but Jesus wants us to repent and return to the Lord -- to make good on our vows. The church and the kintgdom of God are diminished each time a promise is broken or ignored. So the answer for Jesus is the second one -- to repent and to return to Him and to the Kingdom. This is the way back and it is always there for us -- to change our minds, to repent, and to believe.

We must, above all, believe, and change our minds and not be afraid to do so. The way of repentance is open to us no matter where we are in our faith, and we are thankful for those opporunities to change our minds. There is always a way back for us.


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Nan Stokes attends St. Edward the Confessor Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN.   She originally wrote this reflection in 2005.  Nan and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Nan Stokes or any MEESC member, or mail them to:
 
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