In the Gospel passage for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Matthew 21:28-32), Our Lord presents an opinion question regarding two sons ordered to work in their father’s vineyard. The problem is, do we see disobedience in word or in action, although one son eventually does what his father ordered him to do.
Unfortunately, we who strive to live by the law of Christ and under the authority of his Bride, the Church, can get caught up in this attitude of disobedience in some way, shape, or form.
Whether they are large or small matters, disobedience is rooted in sin, particularly the sin of pride, which has its source in the devil, the Evil One, the father of lies, the master of deceit, the adversary, Lucifer, Satan.
Whatever we call him, we know that we must be watchful and alert so that we will not succumb to his temptations. Especially since Satan was an angel who possesses an intellect much greater than ours; he is much smarter than we could ever be, and this is why we must always be watchful and alert.
It is important to keep in mind that we have help from heaven to not succumb to temptation and sin.
Of course, the good Lord sends us his grace to strengthen us to be humble and docile servants. But we rely on allies from God’s kingdom, and our allies are the Most Blessed Mother, the saints, and the angels. The Blessed Mother intercedes on our behalf- she prays “for us sinners now and at the hour of our death” lovingly and maternally.
We must use the saints to pray for us, and we must rely on our guardian angels that the Lord has sent to watch over us. And for added firepower from heaven, we rely on the archangels Gabriel, Raphael, and Michael, whose feast is coming up later this week on the 29th.
And finally, the one person we always rely on is Our Lord Jesus Christ, with
His perfect and supreme example and His divine teachings, Our Lord shows us the way we must conduct ourselves to be his obedient and faithful followers.
Our Lord teaches us how to follow the will of the Father, certainly by his words, but above all, his example of obedience.
Christ obeys his heavenly Father because he is meek and humble of heart.
Where man was lost by Adam and Eve’s disobedience, we were saved through the obedience of Christ.
Now we must cooperate with the graces that come from Our Lord and humbly and lovingly obey the Lord with Christ’s attitude and in imitation of Christ
God bless you,