It is 13th December 2016. We celebrate the memorial of St Lucy, Virgin & Martyr. The readings are from Zephaniah 3:1-2, 9-13; and the Gospel of Matthew 21:28-32. The first reading echoes the prophecy of Isaiah that the Lord desires truth for the people and willing to remove the shame of the people. The passage speaks about the future of Jerusalem and the attitude people had towards God. They wanted God but not ready to do what God expected them to be. Most of the people were self-willed, and rebellious when it comes to do the will of God. A very few people were humble and lowly seeking the will of God. “But I will leave within you the meek and humble, who trust in the name of the Lord.” (Zephaniah. 3:12). The responsorial Psalm prays, “The Lord hears the cry of the poor.” (Ps. 34:7). The Gospel reminds us about the non responsiveness of the first son just like Jerusalem. The Pharisees said one thing and did another. God does not deserve our pretentious attitudes. We believe the Lord Jesus indeed. Do our words match the actions? Do we have a hidden no when we spell yes to the Lord? Let us be honest in our loving responses to the Lord. May the Lord bless you to have good day.