Dec. 15, 2015 (Matt 21:28-32)

“What is your opinion?… Which of the two did his father’s will?” A father asked his two sons to do something. One said he would but didn’t do it. The other publically said “no” but relented and did it. (As an aside, I can’t help but let you know that in Jesus’ society, the who said “yes” but did not do it would have been thought to be the “honorable” one since he didn’t shame his father in public. So, the one who said publically “no” but went would have been considered the dishonorable one since he shamed his father in public.) We don’t understand the parable with that mind-set. We give credit to the one who changed his mind/actions to do his father’s bidding. He is the “honorable” one. The parable then becomes one of “conversion,” the changing of our mind and heart to do the right things. God always gives us a second chance, and third, and fourth, etc., etc., etc. In this Year of Mercy, let us all take advantage of His mercy in our lives. Lord, help me to ask for your mercy and be willing to show it to others.

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