Saturday, 4 December 2010

Ask the Lord of the harvest to sent laborers

The line that struck me most this morning is "The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest" (the Gospel reading at Mass are taken from Matthew 9:35-10:1,5,6-8).

Jesus had pity on the people who came to Him, as they were "they were harassed and dejected". Taking dejected as 'sad and depressed' is seems to me that nothing really changed. There seems to be a profound lack of real joy in society nowadays, with a life-style in which 'having fun' is reduced in a lot of cases to a planned event. Even when not consciously, the speed of life automatically makes one move form one thing to the next without taking the time in between to stand still and actually live. The result is a profound search for something which is often not recognized as the yearning for the love of God.

Jesus asks us to pray for missionaries, but foremost missionaries to our own people, our own friends and family. In the Gospel he says "go rather to the lost sheep of the House of Israel", which I guess in our case are first of all our fellow Christians who are running around like sheep without a shepherd.

Jesus sent out the disciples so that they might cure the 'diseases' and so we need to go out and bring the light of the Gospel to others, that they might encounter the Lord, and they too be healed.

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