Ezekiel 18: 25-28
Philippians 2: 1-5
Matthew 21: 28-32
In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus tells the parable of two sons who say one thing and do another. "He came to the first and said, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ He said in reply, ‘I will not,’ but afterwards changed his mind and went. The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, ‘Yes, sir, ‘but did not go. Which of the two did his father’s will?" Following their encounter, one son experiences regret for his words and fulfills his father’s wishes, while the other does not follow through on his good intentions. As a mother and daughter, I have experienced this same defiant and rebellious attitude, as well as unfulfilled intentions by my children -and as young women, dispensing the same to my own parents, having to live with the consequences following such choices. Living up to the expectations placed on early family values is often difficult. But when fulfilled can bring great peace into the vineyard of life.
The same is true when we follow through on our commitment to God. Intentions alone are worthless, even good intentions for good reasons, simply aren’t sufficient. It takes action to accomplish authenticity. We must strive to put our intentions into action. Acknowledge our faith in words and deeds, always responding "yes" to the requests of our Father.
Angela Kwasinski is the Director of Planned and Major Gifts for The Passionists of Holy Cross Province Development Office.