Which of the Two Sons Are We?

First Reading: Zephaniah 3:1-2, 9-13
Psalm: Psalm 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-19, 23
Gospel: Matthew 21:28-32

All of us are not perfect. We may be like the first son who at
first refused to do what his father requested but later decided to
do it or we may be like the second son, who promises but does not
follow through. In both cases, at some point each son disappointed
the father.
The message today tells us not just to be like the first son. It
asks us: how well do we listen to God and how much do we follow
through? John the Baptist proclaimed this question to all passers-
by while he was in the wilderness. Many who responded were not just
ordinary people but sinners and the marginalized people of society.
The so-called respected people like the chief priests and elders,
didn’t take John’s message seriously, if they listened at all.
Today, perhaps many of us feel confined because of our jobs,
responsibilities or even our comfortable homes. Many of us feel so
secure and comfortable that we do not want to come out of our shells
and venture to the ‘wilderness’ where God’s Word becomes louder and
clearer. When we hear His voice do we recognize it? How will we
respond? Which of the two sons in today’s parable are we? Can we
say that we are neither one and that we shall answer the voice in
the wilderness with a faithful heart that is eager to follow God’s
“Lord Jesus, change my heart that I may only desire that which is
pleasing to you. Help me to respect your will and give me the
strength, joy and perseverance to carry it out wholeheartedly.”