Reflection for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

In this week’s Gospel Jesus tells a well-known parable: a father who asks each of his sons to go out and work in the vineyard. After giving his command, the father expects an answer from them. Not satisfied with mere words, the father desires a real commitment. Initially the first son responds negatively but then repents or has a complete change of heart and goes out to work. The second son acknowledges with lip service his father’s request and gives in, but does not follow through on his promise.

We are a mixture of both of the boys – we, like them say ‘yes’ and ‘no’ respectively and don’t act according to our response.

Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

You can find the texts that this reflection is based on in your bible, or simply just hover your mouse over the following references and the texts will also appear:

Ezekiel 18:25-28; Psalm 25; Philippians 1:1-11 & Matthew 21:28-32.

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Fr Russell Pollitt SJ

Fr Russell Pollitt SJ is the Director of the Jesuit Institute and is interested in the impact that communications technology has on society and spirituality. He regularly comments on South African Politics and various issues in the Catholic Church. @rpollittsj
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