“What do you think? A man had two sons; and he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ And he answered, ‘I will not’; but afterward he repented and went. And he went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?’ They (the chief priests and elders) said, ‘The first.’ Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.’” (Mt 21: 28-31)
These religious leaders called themselves descendents of Abraham, and sons of “the Father, God Himself” (Jn 8), because they were conversant with the Law and traditions from the past.
And yet, they are closed to God’s call to them in the “today.” When He says to them, “Go and work in the vineyard today” in the unconventional voice of John the Baptist, their contemporary, they do not believe him. Nor do they receive Christ Himself, and His call to “work today” in a new Kingdom, in newness of life. So they had mastered the words about God, from the past, but were in fact incapable to “go and work” as He called them to, “today.”
Let me take note of this kind of theological rut, lest I find myself in it; Let me not simply repeat words handed down to me from the past, but pay close attention to what I am called to “go and work” on in my today. “Order my steps in Your word,” I ask God this Monday morning, as I go out to do the next right thing, in the now. Glory be to Him.