Fr. Sanctus Mario
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Action makes the Difference: Tuesday Third Week of Advent Year C

Breakfast with the Word Tuesday Third Week of Advent Year C

 

Matthew 21:28-32

 

 

Action refers to something that is done. It is very different from thinking, saying and wishing. The action comes in when we do what we say, think and wish. What makes the difference both in our spiritual and physical lives is what we do to be what we are.

 

The action simply says if you are truly a Christian, then do what shows you are one. If you want to be successful, then quit wishing it and start doing what will make you successful.

 

If you wish peace and joy for your friends and family during Christmas, then make sure you work for peace in your family and wherever you are.

 

Matthew 7:16 says that by their fruits we shall know them. What makes the difference is the fruit, the action, and what we do. Matthew 7:21 says it is not all those who shout Lord! Lord! will enter God’s kingdom but those who do His will.

 

This is the clear cut difference between the two sons in todayโ€™s gospel. One says yes but does not do the will of the father and another says no but later does the will of the Father.

 

 

In the Gospel

 

 

In the gospel, Jesus seeks the opinion of the chief priests and the elders on who actually does the will of God. He tells the parable of two sons sent by their father to go and work in the vineyard.

 

The first son said no but later changed his mind but the second one said yes but did not go. He puts the question that among the two who is the one that does the fatherโ€™s will. They answered that it is the first.

 

This particular parable was about the Jewish leaders who have rejected the call for conversion by John the Baptist, refused to listen to the message of Jesus but only interested in protecting their authority and the law. What they teach people is very far from what they do.

 

 

Hence, Jesus is making it known to them that tax collectors, sinners, prostitutes who hear the word of God and repent from their sins will enter the kingdom before them.

 

Therefore, it is not what we show to people, it is not what we say, it is not how many times we sing and dance that make the difference but the actions we take towards living a holy life.

 

 

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When we work towards making a change, there will surely be a change one day. But when we continue to wish for a change, it remains a figment of the imagination. Change comes when we do what we think, wish and pray for. We pray for grace and work with the grace we prayed for, says St, Francis of Assisi.

 

 

A Little Digest

 

A reporter once asked Zidane, the former Real Madrid Coach, why he does not react so much when his players miss clear cut chances to score goals. Zinedine Zidane replies โ€œ you cannot score any single goal by jumping or shouting outside the field. To do so, you have to enter and play the game.

 

In any match, the coach advises but it is the player that scoresโ€. Therefore, only those who enter the field score, not those who shout and jump out of the field. Action is the key.

 

If we wish that progress comes to us, we have to take action towards the progress. Action makes the difference.

In 1 Samuel 17, the Israelites were wishing on how Goliath would be defeated but it took David who entered the fight to do so. We pray and work. We do not pray and sleep waiting for manna from heaven.

 

Secondly, to be a true child of God, we have to obey God who we call our Father and do what He says. Our relationship with God is supposed to be a Father-child relationship. Since we pray and fast. God also demands our obedience to do whatever He says.

 

If truly we are children of God, we have to do like one. We have to live in love, touch souls, live in peace and help those in need. This is when we do not promote hatred, envy, jealousy, wickedness, evil, and disobedience to God but obedience to His word, mercy, forgiveness, peace and unity.

 

 

Well done is so much better than well said, says Benjamin Franklin. What makes the difference in the two sons is not the yes or no but the doing.

 

This calls for a total turn around. It is a call to repent from our sins every time we hear His word.

 

You may read

 

When We lose the reverence for the Spiritual.

 

Rejoice in the Lord Always

 

Behind the Opposite of We Want

 

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18 Comments
  1. Nonye Maduka says

    Amen

  2. Charlesmary Okonkwo says

    AMEN AMEN AND AMEN!!!

  3. Eririogu Fidelia says

    Amen. Thanks father

  4. Mrs Nora Nkoli Anabiri says

    Amen. God is faithful

  5. Chisom Egwudike says

    Action makes the difference

  6. Lois Blessing Paul says

    Thank you Father

  7. ANGELA MADU says

    Thank you Padre
    May God almighty help us by His special grace to do His will, and not just saying and hearing in the name of Jesus. Amen

  8. Helen says

    That we will be the doer of Your word O Lord, and not just the preacher/teacher. Thank You Jesus!

    Thank you Padre, more of God’s grace and blessings on you๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

  9. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Oh Lord, I need your help.deliever me from the spirit of procrastination so that I can take action on things immediately. Amen
    Good morning father and remain blessed

  10. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says

    May God help us ๐Ÿ™

  11. Ezeagu Anuli says

    Amen, Lord give us the grace to be doers of your word

  12. Paxk says

    Help me Lord to be a good Christian not just by words alone, but also through actions. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

  13. Carmela U. Ekwem says

    Thanks & God bless you Fr for the msg. May God grant us the grace to always do his will, to worship him in truth, words & action & not by merely parading ourselves as Christians & not doing what is expected of us as true Christians, Amen!

  14. Rosemary Umeze says

    Thank you Padrรฉ. Lord please help me to be a doer of Your words not only hearing.

  15. Mbama Christiana says

    Thank you Padre. Lord give me the grace to always do Your will and not mine. Amen

  16. Golu Chetachukwu Angela says

    I pray for the grace to always do the will of Our heavenly Father. To always obey God’s word. And to refrain from sin, Amen ๐Ÿ™

  17. Njideka Aniagolu says

    May God give us the grace to kick against the spirit of procrastination.

  18. Mailoushi James says

    Amen

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