Matthew 21:28-32

Today we reflect on the parable of the two sons, each with a different response to their father’s request. This parable mirrors our attitudes and actions, challenging us to reflect on our responsibility toward the care of creation and the call to ecological conversion.

The parable begins with a father asking his two sons to work in the vineyard. The first son initially refuses but later changes his mind and goes to work. The second son agrees to go, but ultimately does not follow through. This parable highlights the significance of actions aligned with words, urging us to move beyond mere rhetoric and into genuine commitment.

In our context of ecological conversion, this parable prompts us to examine our actions in relation to our words. Pope Francis reminds us in Laudato Si’ that “we must hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” (LS 49). Our commitment to addressing environmental challenges is not solely about words or intentions; it is about taking tangible actions that reflect our responsibility to protect the environment and uplift the marginalized.

The parable’s emphasis on repentance and change of heart speaks to the transformative nature of ecological conversion. Just as the first son’s change of mind led to fruitful work, our recognition of past harm and our commitment to change can bring about positive impacts on the Earth. Pope Francis encourages us to undergo an ecological conversion where “the effects of our encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in our relationship with the world around us” (LS 217).

Furthermore, the parable invites us to consider our interconnectedness with all of creation. Just as the father’s request had implications for both the sons and the vineyard, our actions and choices have profound consequences for the delicate balance of ecosystems and the well-being of all beings. Our ecological conversion is an acknowledgment of this interconnectedness and a call to live in harmony with the Earth.

As we contemplate the parable of the two sons, let us discern how our actions align with our intentions in the realm of ecological stewardship. The call to ecological conversion is an invitation to respond with sincerity, commitment, and a willingness to change. May our deeds reflect our words, and may our efforts contribute to the flourishing of the Earth and all its inhabitants.