The vineyard in the Gospel represents the people of Israel. Jesus tells about a father who asks his two sons to go to work in the vineyard. The first son refuses but changes his mind and goes. The second son agrees but does not follow through. The parable challenges the leaders to follow through like the first son and care for the people—especially the poor and the sick. Your family can learn from this parable to be willing to evaluate your decisions and choices and to follow through on all of your good intentions.
Since the Sunday Gospel is the heart of the Gospel Weeklies, an important part of preparing to share the Gospel with children is to read and reflect on it in advance of your class session. The Gospel at Home and The Gospel for All Ages (see Gathering Rituals/Questions) are resources on our website that can help you do this. If you enjoyed the summer reflections by Alice Camille in Exploring the Sunday Readings, please consider subscribing to this resource.
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