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I Don’t Want To

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time


 Matthew 21:28-32 New American Bible

Matthew 21:28-32 Bible Gateway New International Version


'Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.'


Jesus told a story to the chief priest and elders in the temple. They had heard John the Baptist preach about how they should change their ways. John told them that they should be baptized and be sorry for their sins. They ignored him. However, they kept on sinning. They did not believe what he said. Many people who had sinned changed their way of life after they heard John the Baptist. They decided not to sin anymore. They decided to follow God’s commandments.

The Father in this story told both of his sons to follow His commandments by working in the vineyard. The Older one said, “I don’t want to.  Then he decided it was a good idea, and obeyed his commandments.

The Younger son in the story said, “Yes, I will obey your commandments.” However, he never got around to obeying God’s Commandments. He never got around to doing God’s work. He never got around to changing his sinful ways.

Jesus wanted the chief priest and elders in the temple to change their sinful ways.

When God asks you to follow his commandments, are you doing it all the time? Are you saying one thing at Church and doing something quite different at home?  Are you being good at school? 

If you think you are doing something that is not all right with God, then change your ways and place yourself in the path God has chosen for you. When you hear a little voice inside you saying, “You shouldn’t be doing this. This is breaking God’s commandments.  What do you do?  If you ask God to help you stay away from sin, he will help you. Just say, “God, please help me. I want to stop acting this way. I am sorry. Thank you for all of the gifts you have given me. Give me the strength and knowledge I need to follow in the steps of your son, Jesus Christ.” It will not be long before you are walking down God’s chosen path.

If you still seem to be sliding off God’s path, pray again and again. Pray in the morning when you first wake up. Say, “Hello, God. I want to obey you today. Help me.” 

While at lunch say, “Hi, God. It’s me, again. I’m having a little trouble seeing that path of yours. It’s a little foggy out. Would you clear my path for me? I love you, God. Thanks.”

At supper, say, “I’m back, Lord. Thanks for helping out. I did much better after lunch. I could see what you wanted me to do.”

At bedtime, say, “Thanks for a great day! I’m going to do better tomorrow, God. Just you wait and see.”

Believe in God. Believe that God loves you and forgives you when you stray off the path. Say to yourself, “I can obey God’s commandments. I will obey God’s commandments.” With prayer, work, and God’s blessings, you will do it.

Pray the “Our Father.” This prayer will help you stay out of trouble.


“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.





Copyright ©2002, 2004 Joan Y. Edwards