September 27, 2020
Twenty sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
Jesus said: “I will tell you a story about a man who had two sons. Then you can tell me what you think.
"There was a man who had two sons.
One day he said to one of them,
'Son, I want you to go out and work in the vineyard today.'
"The boy said, 'No, I won't go.'
"but, later, the boy was sorry that he had said no to his father, and so he did go. The father then said to his other son,
'Son, I want you to go out and work in the field today.'
"The second son said, 'Yes, father, I will go and work'
but he did not go.
"Now tell me, which boy did what the father wanted him to do, the first for the second?"
The leaders answered,
"The first son."
Jesus said to them,
"I am telling you the truth.
People whom you look down on as sinners
are going to enter the reign of God before you.
Because, when John the Baptist came
and preached the truth, you didn't believe him.
But the people you look down on as sinners
believed him and changed their lives.
And even after you saw that they believed
and changed their lives, you still didn't believe and change your lives."
The Gospel of the Lord.
Family Faith Sharing
Step One: Listen to the Word
When you hear the story of the two sons, what about it touches your heart? What image lingers in your memory from this reading?
Step Two: Look into Your Life
Question for Children: How do you show your love for Jesus by doing what he asks, even when it is difficult for you?
Question for Youth: Today’s parable reminds us that it isn’t what we say that counts as much as what we do. How would someone know you are a Christian through your actions?
Question for Adults: How and when were you like each of the sons in the Gospel?