August 15, 2022     7:06 am
338. Week of Twenty First Sunday after Trinity - Monday
Which of the two did the will of his father?
          Which of the two did the will of his father?   Mathew 21:31
          Hear a parable of Jesus. A certain man had two sons and he came to the first and said: Son, go work today in my vineyard. And he answered and said: I will not. But afterward he repented, and went. And he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said: I go, sir. And he did not go." (Matt. 21:28-30) Now the Lord asks: "Which of the two did the will of his father?" Evidently, the first. - What are we to learn from this? Listen! In Christian churches there are many who are yes-sayers and no-doers. They hear the Word of God. God's Word says to them: "Repent, and believe the Gospel!" They say, Yes, we will. Of course they say yes. Aren't they church-members? How can they be expected to say' no? But never a thought of true repentance, never an impulse of true faith arises within their hearts. They are and remain indifferent, dead Christians, Christians only with their mouths, only as to outward appearance. Then there are also those who are no-sayers and yes-doers. At first they are manifest unbelievers and slaves of sin. The Word of God comes to them. God's Word says to them: "Repent, and believe the Gospel!" They say, No! They are obstinate. They cast aside the Word of God. They want to remain in their unbelief and serve sin. Later they recall to their minds this Word of God. The Spirit of God operates upon their hearts. And they are sorry for having said no at a previous time. And they repent and believe the Gospel. And they become dear children of God. Which now, of these have done the will of God? The yes-sayers and no-doers, or the no-sayers and yes-doers? Surely the latter. And who will enter the kingdom of God? Oh, you know. And now what of yourself?
          PRAYER: - Lord God, dear Heavenly Father, who at all times, by means of Your Word and through the Holy Spirit, calls me to true repentance and bids me to believe the Gospel, grant me grace to truly say yes and also to do accordingly. Guard me against hypocrisy which merely professes Christianity with the mouth. Let me not be numbered with those unhappy ones to whom You said: "The publicans and harlots go into the kingdom of God before you." Let me be Your dear child for Jesus' sake. Amen.

Third Part : The Christian's Life and Death
August 15, 2022     7:06 am