26th Sunday in Ordinary Time reflection by Katherine White

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In the Gospel, the father asked both sons to help him in his vineyard. One said no, but ended up going. The other said yes and did not go. Then the Gospel says, “Which of the two did the father's will?' They said, 'The first.' Jesus said to them, 'In truth I tell you, tax collectors and prostitutes are making their way into the kingdom of God before you.” The first child did not want to go, but chose to because he knew it was the right thing to do. Sometimes it is not what we want to do that is the way of God, it is what we should do that is the way.

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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time reflection by Paul Nicholson

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Do you ever wonder how to have a meaningful conversation with someone who disagrees with you? “Meaningful” as in, the two of you come away with a better understanding of each other, a renewed respect for the other’s way of thinking, and a broader appreciation of your own views. “Meaningful” as in, you may not have changed the other’s position or been changed yourself, but a space has opened up for dialogue and the possibility of peaceful co-existence.
 
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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection by Dc. Tim Sullivan

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You can look on today’s readings as Part II (supplementing the readings from last Sunday).
 
The readings for these two Sundays deal with the attributes of a good, decent, non-corrupt leader contrasted by Scriptural reference (especially in the Old Testament Readings) with corrupt leaders who are only out for themselves.  I’ve book marked readings for these two Sundays to review before the election season gets in full swing.  In case anyone wonders, I get my politics from the Gospel message of Jesus Christ and other readings from Sacred Scripture.  
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