Meditation on Mathew 21:23-32

Riddle Me This, Paper Cutout, Phillip Schwartz


What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.”


What do you think? There are many baptized, Christians who proclaim their faith loudly, yet act out of piety and not out of love. They support the election of an abuser of girls to the the senate and they seek legal permission to discriminate against those of whom they disapprove. They want to pass tax cuts for the wealthy while increasing taxes on the poor, and they long to take health insurance away from those who cannot afford to pay for it. There are others who do not profess any faith, but they love their neighbor and care for the widow and orphan and they seek justice for the poor and the marginalized. Which of these groups do you think is doing the will of Jesus?

Phillip Schwartz


One thought on “Meditation on Mathew 21:23-32

  1. I know that those who seek justice, have faith and most of all care for the sick, the poor and the unfortunate, love their neighbor and do what they can to promote peace and understanding are following Jesus’ path. It is so hard sometimes not to be angry and scared. We are living in a time when these things are pushed aside to obtain power, money and control over others. Whom ever disagrees with their voice of oppression, exclusion, discrimination and hatred is shouted down in favor of their warped view of the world. Where is their “Love of Neighbor”? the quote does not say that there are exceptions because someone is of a different race, follows a different religion, has a different sexual orientation or a different life style than what they consider “the norm”. Why do they judge those who disagree with them as being wrong? Their only answer is to force those who disagree with them to follow their desired way even if they do not wish to or it does not suit them. They even go so far as to ostracize and physically and psychologically harm a person who disagrees. Where is Justice? Where is Mercy? Where is Understanding? Where is the LOVE! Most of all where is the Care for “The Least of These” Jesus said that what ever we do for the least of these we do for HIM! Sorry for the “rant” but I am very upset if you could not tell. I so love your “Reflections” Thank You for posting these.

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