Homily :: October 1, 2017
10/01/17: Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
10/01/17: Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr Dave Reeson
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10/01/17: Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr Pat Nields
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In the Gospel parable of the two sons, the evangelist is contrasting the response of the pious and the impious to the preaching of Jesus. The two sons represent the two groups of faithful. The first son is representative of the “professionally religious” who know the law and the prophets and believe that by reciting the right words, they will be saved, even if not internally being changed. The second son is representative of undesirables that heard the preaching of the Gospel and were really changed. The words of Jesus tell us that “tax collectors and prostitutes” have come to the way of righteousness by true conversion of heart. Dichotomies such as these are instructive in presenting the Gospel message in clear terms understandable to the Church.
The passage from Ezekiel sets up the dichotomy of the wicked and the truly converted that “preserves” his life because he has turned away from sin. The wicked is in danger of losing his life, while the changed person will be saved.
The passage from Philippians includes the well-known hymn about Jesus who humbled himself to being born in human likeness of a slave. The first part of the reading lists attributes that Paul articulates are important for the community to have if they are to follow the example of Jesus. The community is to be encouraging in love, sharing of spirit, compassion and mercy. The Christian should have consolation in Christ. If the community exhibits these characteristics they will be faithful to Christ and “complete Paul’s joy.”
By Dale J. Sieverding © 2008, OCP. All rights reserved.