Scripture Reflections for the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year A, Lectionary 136

God our father invites us, his children, to join in the harvest. To enter into God's divine work. But how do we respond to God' grace? Can we grasp the call for repentance and turn back to God authentically? Instead of following our own intentions let us empty our pride and ego and join in the divine work in the vineyard.

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Psalm 25:4-9
Matthew 21:28-32

“I'm so glad I have a God who's patient with me. I'm so glad I have a God who allows me to make a mistake and then correct it.”

St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, Philadelphia | "I Wouldn't Be Here" | Fr. Stephen Thorne | September 27, 2020

“Some people simply enjoy the pose of being a searcher as long as the quest doesn’t make too many demands or the answers are not uncomfortable. They are unwilling to embark upon the arduous task of searching where it is dark and dingy.”

"Which of the two did the father’s will?" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant | September 24, 2023

“'Am I' says the Lord 'worth having an attitude that brings the salvation that is the gift from my father to you or do you wish to continue in your sin, in your divisiveness, in all that ugliness that does nothing to bring about the glory of Heaven right here, right now?'”

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish - Boston, MA | Fr. Oscar Pratt | September 27, 2020

“Is there some calling that God has given us that you said no to and it's time today, right now to change your mind?”

Holy Name of Jesus Church & Loyola Ministry | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ | September 27, 2020

“So that's the basic meaning of this particular parable of the Two Sons, the main emphasis is the importance of repentance”

Catholic Productions | "Parable of the Two Sons" | Brant Pitre | September 21, 2020

“Our compassion needs to be practical and inclusive. So we might ask ourselves: whose inner voices long ignored need to be heard and embraced at this time?”

Catholic Women Preach | Marge Kloos, SC | September 10, 2020

“Jesus is, is challenging you to ask yourself: 'What promises have I made to God? What good choices have I made before God and how have I followed through?'”

Holy Name of Jesus Church & Loyola Ministry | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ | October 1, 2023

“No, it is not about hearkening back to the days, it is not about a retention of power, it is not about having people bowing and scraping before you. It's about us working hand in hand in the vineyard, together as the children of God so that we can build up what God has given us.”

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish - Boston, MA | Fr. Oscar Pratt | October 1, 2023
Overall Readings

“We hear through these readings of God's word a move from them to me, from others doing wrong to me doing wrong. This raises many questions. What does this mean for us today?”

Catholic Women Preach | Claire Jenkins | October 1, 2023

“None of us has arrived. It is not a destination. Christianity is a journey. May God grant us the grace to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit until we come to our Heavenly inheritance through Christ our Lord.”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | September 25, 2023

“repentance is not a punitive act but a process of revival and a renewal”

U.S. Catholic magazine | Sr. Maria Ukamaka Okeke, I.H.M. | September 22, 2023

“What an awesome and terrifying mystery this is that Jesus lays out in this parable, that somehow Jesus's authority is deeply bound to our own willingness to turn and do the work in the vineyard”

Catholic Women Preach | Casey Stanton | October 1, 2017

“God is not listening to your 'no' and remembering your 'no.' God is watching your 'yes.'”

St. Teresa of Avila - DC | Monsignor Raymond East | September 27, 2023

“And so, no matter who you are in this world, we have to often humble ourselves so that we can be the children that God calls us to be. We can't always walk around thinking it's all about me. We got to realize that it's not about us but it's about the one who sent us.”

Fr. Tony Ricard | October 1, 2023

“Don't say 'the devil made me do it' and don't say 'God made me do it.' No. You did it yourself. I did it myself. God just accepts the decision we make.”

St. Teresa of Avila - DC | Monsignor Raymond East | September 27, 2020