26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A) – September 27, 2020
Ezekiel 18:25-28 | Psalm 24 | Philippians 2:1-11 | Matthew 21:28-32
From the reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel:
“Since he has turned away from all the sins that he has committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.”
Reflection by Br. Carlos Salas, OP:
Contrition is the first step in the process of reconciliation after we have sinned. Whether it is immediately after the sin, or days (or even months) later, we must first be contrite for our sins before seeking to be reconciled with God and others. Imagine a child who is asked by his/her parents to say, “Sorry;” the apology isn’t very convincing-there may not be any contrition there yet. God gives us free will so that we may choose freely and reflect on our actions, words, thoughts, and omissions. When we fail and sin, God welcomes us with His mercy if we are genuinely contrite and repent. And, to minimize (and hopefully avoid) future sin and grow in virtue, we have God as the ultimate model, Jesus Christ, who does everything out of love and not out of selfishness, as St. Paul reminds us.
Something to think about:
Pride is the root of all sin, and humility is the virtue that opposes it. Having Jesus as the model of humility, how can I grow in humility today?
Do I practice in a regular examination of conscience? Perhaps at the end of the day, contrite for my faults and thankful for the blessings.
Do I need to go to Confession? (Come 30min before Mass Mon-Sat).