A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.
I was thinking about the Gospel reading when the father says to his sons, “Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.” (Lk 21:28-32) And then the son gives a response. In other words, what the father says to his son is probably in the setting of a question: “Son, will you go out?” This made me think of the vulnerability of God. He doesn’t demand anything of us, He asks it of us. And when anybody asks, there’s the option of a 'yes' or a 'no'.
I looked up in the dictionary the word 'vulnerable' and it said “capable of or susceptible of being wounded.” What humility God has allowed Himself to take on! You hear of people desiring to take control of things while God Himself gives us free will. Even He does not control us. He allows Himself to be vulnerable; susceptible to be hurt. I looked at that and was utterly amazed at what God has done for us and what it means that He gave us free will. Do we give each other that freedom as well? Are we open to being vulnerable?
I really marvel more and more at what God has done for us in simply asking, “Will you follow me?”