Serving the Word: 14th December


Matthew 21, 28-32:

“Jesus told his disciples this parable: ‘What do you think?’ A man had two sons. He went to the first and said to him, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today. He said to him, “I do not want to”. But then he repented and went. He went to the second son and said the same thing. He said, “I am going, sir. But he did not go. Which of the two fulfilled his father’s will? They answered: “the first one”.


“Words fly and deeds remain”.

And Jesus, in another Gospel passage, tells us: “by their fruits you will know them”.

Today’s Gospel is a call to coherence. To say yes with actions.

With our mouth we can all say what seems appropriate at any given moment. But we can feel something very different in our hearts.

These two brothers feel what their mouth does not say. And, at the moment of truth, what counts is what the heart does.

In the heart we have coherence and we have truth.

The heart is what makes the hands and feet work.

Make sure that in your life your words are in line with what you feel.

Do I say “yes” with my mouth and then say “no” with my heart and actions?

May your heart and your deeds correct the “no” of your mouth and may it not be the other way around.

Good day.

Antonio Sanjuán Marín, cmf


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