The Holy Gospel: September 25, 2011 (Year A)

Read;  Matthew 21:28-32

Meditation:  “What Finally Matters”

We must read today’s lesson against the recollection that the last eight chapters of Matthew cover the last eight days of Jesus’ life.

The heat is on.  Jesus does not have the luxury of time to “ease his way” into final words and actions which shape the gospel-life.

So, in that light, what matters most—what we “say” we will do, or what we actually end up doing?

No doubt about it for Jesus: the proof is in the pudding.  Words must become deeds, otherwise what we say “dies on the vine.”

It could very well be that the person who coined the phrase “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” got his idea from reading this passage.  Jesus’ words shape the gospel-life: a life in which what we say we will do is what we actually do.

This is the path to abundant living—the only way to avoid the pit of duplicity and hypocrisy.

 

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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