Selfless, Not Selfish

Readings for October 1, 2017

Ezekiel 18:25-28; Psalm 25: 4-5, 8-9, 10, 14; Philippians 2: 1-11; Matthew 21: 28-32

Suggested Reflection Questions

  • The first reading challenges us to reconsider our own ways when we feel that God’s ways are unfair. When was a time you had to reconsider your own decisions or views? What did you learn from that experience?
  • In the second reading to Philippians, we hear the call to selflessness: “Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his/her own interests, but also for those of others.” How are you doing in your own life on this calling? Think of our world today. Are we more selfish or selfless? Give examples of selflessness that you have seen in everyday life.
  • In the Gospel, we find ourselves in the vineyard again. This time, two sons are answering their father about working. Which one can you most identify with? We also hear the familiar line: “Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you. When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him; but tax collectors and prostitutes did.” Think about who these groups might be today. What sorts of things have hardened our own hearts in responding to God’s call?