Matthew 21: 28 – 32 (Shorter version)
The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Change of mind is something everyone does. Interestingly that is what God also wants from people. In fact, this is the core message of Jesus Christ, the New Testament writers would call it repentance. Repentance is simply a change of mind. It is a different kind of changing of mind. For those who have said no to God and God’s purposes are given an opportunity to say yes to God.
It can be very disappointing when people agree to do something and suddenly change their mind and don’t do what they agreed to do. Sometimes it happens the other way around as well, people may say no but then change their mind and do what they said they will not do.
Jesus talks about a man having two sons and the two sons do exactly this. Jesus asks the question, which of the sons did the will of the Father. People said that the son who said no but changed his mind and did the work did the will of the Father.
Jesus was referring to the religious people and leaders who listen to the word of God quite eagerly but not do what God requires. They are like the son who said I will do the work but simply didn’t. On the other hand there are those who appear to have said no to God but change their mind and turn to God and do what God wants of them.
God gives us an opportunity to change our mind, when we only listen what God tells but don’t bother to live by that. Now God’s purposes will be fulfilled in our lives if we turn our minds to God and do what God expects us to do.