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Saint Peter The Apostle Catholic Church

Serving Lake Gaston
Lake Gaston

Lake Gaston Church Ministries

Mass Schedule
  • Saturday: 5:30 PM
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM
  • Weekdays:
    • Tuesday - Friday: 9:00 AM
  • Holy Days as announced
  • Wednesday: After 9:00am Mass
  • Thursday: After 9:00am Mass
  • First Saturday of the Month at 4:30pm
  • By Appointment
Adoration / Benediction / Rosary
  • First Thursday of each month, after 9:00am Mass
Ministry To The Sick
  • Anointing of the sick on request

26th Sunday of Ordinary Time - September 27, 2020

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Focusing on the Gospel

Key words and phrases: two sons; I will not; changed his mind and went; Yes, sir; did not go; way of righteousness

To the point: In this Gospel the first son's initial answer to his father was honest (he never intended to be obedient), but he “changed his mind” and did what his father asked. By contrast, the second son's seemingly obedient “Yes, sir” in fact was dishonest—he “did not go.” Jesus condemns the chief priests and elders' behavior because of their own utter dishonesty. Challenged by the “way of righteousness” of John, the sinful tax collectors and prostitutes (like the first son) change their behavior. Trapped in their self-righteousness, the chief priests and elders (like the second son) refuse to change. Changing one's mind—choosing conversion of self—is a matter of utter honesty with self, God, and others.

To the First Reading: The First Reading emphasizes turning away from wickedness and doing good; one is judged by the final choice. This turning away is the change of mind that Jesus extolls in the gospel because it leads to the "way of righteousness."

To Experience: Change is difficult for everyone—house, job, schools, marital status, etc. Even more difficult is change of self—values, beliefs, attitudes, behaviors. As difficult as this change is, it is an essential element of Christian discipleship.