26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
O God, who manifest your almighty power
above all by pardoning and showing mercy,
bestow, we pray, your grace abundantly upon us
and make those hastening to attain your promises
heirs to the treasures of heaven.
Lord make me know your ways, teach me your paths. Make me walk in your truth, and teach me, for you are God my saviour. Responsorial Psalm
In your minds you must be the same as Christ Jesus. Second Reading
This week’s texts if you’d like to reflect further:
Ezekiel 18: 25–28; Psalm 24 (25); Philippians 2: 1–11; Matthew 21: 28–32
This week’s readings encourage us to try to live the values of the kingdom of God in imitation of Jesus our Lord. Although divine, he humbled himself to become one of us, even to accepting death on a cross for our salvation. He offers us forgiveness and mercy.
The prophet Ezekiel chides those who complain about the difficulty of living as God wants (First Reading). He invites his hearers to renounce their sinfulness. Each one who does this, although still a sinner, “shall certainly live, and shall not die”.
St Paul writes to invite the Philippians to be united in their conviction and love, living for a common purpose and with a common mind; to become, in their self-effacement and consideration of others, the same as Christ Jesus (Second Reading).
In the Gospel, Jesus speaks to the religious leaders of his day with a parable that illustrates that God has no favourites, but gives mercy and forgiveness to all who acknowledge their sinfulness and, in their actions, try to follow the ways of the Kingdom. He shows that love is demonstrated more in deeds than in words.
The Psalm begs the Lord to teach us his ways and to enable us to walk in his truth, to remember his mercy and love for his people, rather than our sinfulness. We pray with the psalmist: “In your love remember me, because of your goodness, O Lord”.