The gospel of today presents us with a popular parable of Jesus. In this parable of the two sons, the first son represents the tax collectors, prostitutes, and sinners, while the second represents the Pharisees and the Scribes. Looking at the two sons, one will find that both failed their father in one way or the other. The first failed by refusing to accept the will of the father “I will not go!”
However, after due reflection, he changed his mind and did what his father wanted him to do. The second also failed his father in both words and action. First, he made a false promise: “I will go!” Second, he failed his father by not honouring his own words with action.
Often, most of us Christians fall into this category. This second son represents most of us who pay lip service to God: “These people honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me” (Matt.15:8).The ideal son whom every Christian should strive to imitate is the son or any daughter of God who accepted God’s orders with total obedience, humility, and respect, and who, like Jesus, fully carried them out.