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Love Is Something You Do

Which of the two did the Father's Will?
Ezekiel 18:25-28; Psalms 25:4-9; Philippians 2:1-11; Matthew 21:28-32

Sermon Week Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 21:31

Someone has said of today's Christians: "Too many people have just enough religion to feel uncomfortable doing wrong, but not enough religion to feel comfortable doing right."

It also has been said that too many of us have been inoculated with a mild case of Christianity, just enough to make us immune to the real thing. In other words ...

Too many of us don't take our religion seriously enough to affect our lifestyle. Too many of us don't put our religious beliefs into practice. Too many of us fail to put our pious words, into loving action.

Do you remember the Parable of the Last Judgment in which Jesus clearly spells out what really matters in this life? And do you remember that, in the parable, the King does not say to those on His right hand, "I was hungry and you felt sorry for Me ... I was naked and you wished with all your heart that I had a full wardrobe ... I was sick and you were sympathetic to me ... I was imprisoned and you could almost feel the manacles cutting into my wrists. It didn't add up that way for Jesus. What mattered was that the hungry were fed, the naked were clothed, the sick and the imprisoned were ministered to. What a realist the Savior is! "Do you love other people?" He asks. Then He says, "No, don't bother telling Me how you feel about them. Tell Me what you are doing for them. Love is something you do." -1

Of course, as Christians, we know that a right relationship with God grows and develops not merely by what we say or teach or promise. It's what we do that matters most. And in today's Gospel Lesson Jesus invites some of the religious authorities of His time to reflect on the matter of doing God's Will. "What is your opinion?" He asks them:

A man had two sons. He says to one of them "Go and work in the vineyard today." The son answers, "I will not go." But later, he changes his mind about doing his father's [...]

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