Both the first reading today from the prophet Ezekiel and the passage from St. Matthew’s Gospel remind us of the constant and critical need for all to be continually of a mind to repent and amend our ways, that is, to do the Father’s will.
And what is the Father’s will? As Jesus points out, elsewhere in his Gospel when a young man asked him what must one do to enter the gates of Heaven, we have only to look at the first two commandments: “… before all else, love God and one’s neighbor.”
Similarly, St. Paul’s words in today’s second reading reinforce Jesus’ teaching: “Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interest, but also for those of others.”
In today’s contemporary culture where the temptations to live our lives counter to the Father’s will are many, it becomes critically important that we remain vigilant and focused on living our lives, not by today’s transitory standards but, by the eternal standards of the Lord!