27. September 2020 : Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. Vincent de Paul, Priest (1576-1660) - Memorial
Book of Ezekiel 18:25-28.
You say, "The LORD'S way is not fair!" Hear now, house of Israel: Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?
When a virtuous man turns away from virtue to commit iniquity, and dies, it is because of the iniquity he committed that he must die.
But if a wicked man, turning from the wickedness he has committed, does what is right and just, he shall preserve his life;
since he has turned away from all the sins which he committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.
Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior.
Remember that your compassion, O LORD,
and your love are from of old.
Remember no more the sins of my youth;
remember me only in light of your love.
Good and upright is the LORD;
thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice,
he teaches the humble his way.
Letter to the Philippians 2:1-11.
Brothers and sisters: If there is any encouragement in Christ, any solace in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy,
complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing.
Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves,
each looking out not for his own interests, but (also) everyone for those of others.
Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus,
Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance,
he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 21:28-32.
Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: "What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, 'Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.'
He said in reply, 'I will not,' but afterwards he changed his mind and went.
The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, 'Yes, sir,' but did not go.
Which of the two did his father's will?" They answered, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you.
When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him; but tax collectors and prostitutes did. Yet even when you saw that, you did not later change your minds and believe him."
Go out from sin and enter the Kingdom of GodIsaac of Stella (?-c.1171), Cistercian monk
Sermon for Lent; SC 207
My brethren, this is the time for each one of us to go out, for our part, from the place our sin. Let us go out from our Babylon to meet God our Savior, as the prophet warns us: "Prepare to meet God our Savior, O Israel, for he comes!" (cf Am 4:12). Let us leave the depth of our sin and consent to set out towards the Lord, who assumed "the likeness of our sinful flesh" (cf Rm 8:3). Let us leave sin's will and set out to do penance for our sins. Then we shall find Christ: he himself made expiation for the sin he had certainly not committed. Then he who saves the repentant will grant us salvation: "He shows mercy to those who are converted" (Sir 12:3).
But you are going to say to me (…): "Who is able to depart from sin by himself?" Indeed, it is true, the greatest sin is the love of sin, the desire to sin. Therefore, leave this desire (…), hate sin and see yourself departed from sin. If you hate sin, you have met Christ where he is to be found. To whoever hates sin, (…) Christ forgives their fault while waiting to root out our evil habits.
But you will say that even this is a great deal for you and that, without the grace of God, it is impossible to hate ones sin and desire justice: "Let them thank the Lord for his mercy, such wondrous deeds for the children of Adam!" (Ps 106:8). (…) O Lord, with a mighty hand, Jesus all-powerful, come to free my captive reason from the demon of ignorance and snatch my sick will from the plague of its lusts. Free my capacities so that I may act with strength as I desire to do with all my heart.