26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Pius X | News
29 Sep 2017

Most of Jesus’ teachings were in parables.  A parable is supposed to do two things: Firstly it shakes up our assumption and makes us wonder what is going on here, and secondly, it helps us make a decision.  If a parable doesn’t rattle our beliefs, then we haven’t really understood what it said.  Jesus’ message in today’s gospel is clear and perhaps threatens our complacency.  In doing God’s will, it is better if we say we won’t want to do it and then change our minds and do it, than to claim we want to do God’s will but then do little or nothing about it.  Here’s what it says: “Actions speak louder than words,” and “Don’t promise what you won’t deliver.”  This gospel passage is an indictment against having religious beliefs with no practical consequence, making promises we never honour, making resolutions we never keep and making plans we never fulfil.  If we want to live more effectively, we have to put into effect principles of effective living.  If we claim to be followers of Christ, we need to consistently prove it with action beyond pious words and statements of intent.