"Tax collectors and prostitutes are making their way into the kingdom of God." Why? Because when they encountered Jesus Christ, they found in him what they sought outside of God. The one who became obedient to the point of death is the one who persuades us to leave behind the things that lead to death. If someone "renounces sin to become law-abiding and honest, he deserves to live." When someone finds Jesus Christ, who is infinitely more attractive than anything the world can offer us, evil loses its allure and we begin to truly live.
R. Remember your mercies, O Lord.2nd Reading:
What is most striking about the landowner is the relentless way he goes out to find labourers, his willingness to hire the "rejects", and the desire to pay them all a full days wage. Jesus tells us that the kingdom of heaven is like this landowner. The love of heaven takes the initiative in seeking us out. The love of heaven chooses us despite our unworthiness. And the Lord is lavish in his self-gift to us.
Unfortunately, there will be no liturgy of the word this weekend.
Mass from St Patrick's Cathedral is broadcast on Chanel 44 on digital TV live at 11:00 am.
R. The Lord is near to all who call him.2nd Reading:
R. The Lord is kind and merciful: slow to anger, and rich in compassion.2nd Reading:
Ezekiel 33: 7-9Psalm:
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.2nd Reading:
Romans 13: 8-10Gospel:
Matthew 18: 15-20