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."
4 Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your
5 Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.
6 Be mindful of your mercy, O LORD, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.
7 Remember not the sins of my youth, or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness' sake, O LORD!
8 Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
9 He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
10 All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
14 The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant.
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.'1 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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