Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent (II) (15th December, 2015) on the Gospel


Zeph 3:1-2.9-13;
Ps 33:2-3.6-7.16.18-19.23. (R. v.7);
Matt 21:28-32.

Topic: Think Better.

Today’s gospel started from where that of yesterday stopped. Jesus used a parable of a man who had two sons to teach the chief priests and the elders of the people. The man in question went to the first and asked him to work in the vineyard but he replied: “‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind [thought better of it] and went” (Matt 21:29). The man made the same request of the second son who hardly allowed him to finish before the reply: “‘I go, sir’; but he did not go” (Matt 21:30) even till date. Both the chief priests and the elders of the people rightly answered that it was the first who did his father’s will.

Jesus went on to tell them that the tax collectors and the prostitutes are making heaven ahead of them because John the Baptist came the chief priests and the elders of the people did not believe in him but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And to worsen the situation, the chief priests and the elders of the people never thought better and believed.

That you have said something or decided on something does not mean that you have gotten to the best. And nothing is better than the best.

There are a lot of things we have decided on or even have done. Some of these things are wrong. God expects us to make amends today. This can be in the form of changing decisions, course, even asking for forgiveness for the wrongs we have done to others, explanations, and so on.

Bible Reading: Matt 14:1-12.

Thought for today: You can always think better.

Let us pray: God, source of true wisdom, help us to think better – Amen.

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