Guided By Jesus As We Seek The Reign Of God
This weekend's Readings speak about making choices — moral choices and the
consequences of those choices. Ezekiel reminds the people who listen to him that each individual is responsible for his or her own actions. The Psalm is a prayer
asking for God's guidance in making the right choices and God's forgiveness and
mercy when wrong choices are made. St Paul addresses the community at Philippi and presents to them a list of virtuous actions which they should try to perform and reminds them that they have a role model in Jesus. In the Gospel, Jesus shares the story of the two children of a parent who requests that the offspring participate and help out in the family business. One responds affirmatively to the request, but
later changes his mind and does not do what was asked of him. The other responds negatively, but similarly changes his mind and ends up fulfilling the parent's wishes. Each had a change of heart and did the opposite of what he had originally said he
was going to do.
God respects our freedom of choice. God does not force us into acting one way or another. Yes, God asks us to do the Divine Will — during good times or during these times with this Pandemic. Sometimes we say "yes" but do not fulfill our affirmative response. Other times, we say "no" and later regret our response and do what is
expected of us. However, most often, our actions show where our real heart is.
Yet, how much more Christ-like would we be if we could respond affirmatively in
both word and action?
The fact of the matter is that Jesus is truly our role model! He could have opted out of suffering for our sake, but instead, He lovingly, said "Yes." Jesus realized the full ramifications of His responding affirmatively: knowing that He would have to take on the role of servant and humbly limit Himself for the sake of others. He knew how important His decision and actions were for all of us. He thought more of others than of Himself. He consciously made a choice, with full knowledge of what that very choice entailed. Are we able to have Jesus as our role model and are we able to do this very thing during this Pandemic? LET US TRUST IN JESUS!
~Deacon Mike Saez