Scripture: Matthew 21:28-3228 "What do you think? A man had two sons; and he went to the first and said, `Son, go and work in the vineyard today.' 29 And he answered, `I will not'; but afterward he repented and went. 30 And he went to the second and said the same; and he answered, `I go, sir,' but did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the harlots believed him; and even when you saw it, you did not afterward repent and believe him."
"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."
1 I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise
shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and be glad.
3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!
6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
16 The face of the LORD is against evildoers, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
17 When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the LORD delivers him out of them all.
22 The LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.
Daily Quote from the early church fathers: The Father and his two sons, author unknown, from the 5th century A.D.
"Who is this if not the God who created all people and loves them
with a fatherly affection, the God who preferred to be loved as a
father rather than feared as a lord, even though he was Lord by
nature? On this account, at the beginning of the commandments of
the law, he did not say, 'You shall fear the Lord with all your
heart' but 'you shall love the Lord with all your heart'
(Deuteronomy 6:5). To elicit love is not characteristic of a lord
but of a father. Of the two sons in this parable, the older one
represents the Gentiles, since they come from their father Noah.
The younger son represents the Jews, who come from Abraham. 'And
approaching the first, he said, "Son, go and work today in my
vineyard." 'Today' refers to this present age. How did he speak to
his sons? He didnít address them face to face like man, but he
spoke to the heart, like God. Man only utters words to the ear,
but God supplies understanding to the mind." (excerpt from
an incomplete Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew, HOMILY 40)
Scripture quotations from Common Bible: Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1973, and Ignatius Edition of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 2006, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Citation references for quotes from the writings of the early church fathers.
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