Today’s Gospel is about choices. Everyone, everyday makes a number of choices. There are times when we make good choices. In some occasions we do not. Every choice has consequences. Not all choices carry the same importance. There are choices, which we can decide upon straight away, and there are others which require much thought. There are choices which we make on our own, other choices are influenced by others or by the situation we are in at that particular moment. Not all good choices bring about satisfaction. Where you ever in a situation, where you made the right choice and you lost friends, a promotion at work, or you lost money? Despite the fact that the decision was a tough one to call, since it was the right decision, you were at peace. When the choice was wrong, the opposite was true. It could be, that through a bad choice, you gained what you wanted, but your conscience was not still and was not at peace. God is love. He wants us to be at peace and to have joyful hearts. God knows that we will make wrong choices. Yet, when we are sorry, he gives us another chance, through the sacrament of reconciliation.
Today’s parable offers us a challenge. It shows that our actions are more important than our commitment in words. Conversion (repentance) is important. To repent means that we have a change of heart and that we change for the better. Jesus praised the son who at first did not want to go and help his father but then changed his mind and went to the fields. Words on their own are not enough. Jesus was very clear when he said “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Mt 7, 21). Believing in God is not enough. We have to reflect such a belief in the way we live. To say that I love God is not enough. Our actions have to show this love. It is the same with our family and friends. I can tell my children that I love them from morning till night but that will be meaningless if my words are not reflected in my actions.