Posts Tagged ‘We are the labourers in His vineyard’


 ‘The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest.’

So what makes up for a rich harvest? Looking through the eyes Jesus we will see then that in our own neighbourhoods, communities, workplaces, in our nation, many who are dejected, treated as outcasts, poor, homeless, lonely, distressed and depressed.

When we ask the Lord to send labourers to His harvest who do you think He sends? His Bishops, priests and clergy? Nay! He may send one or two of them but He sends us all His disciples! We are the labourers in His vineyard, we are His watchmen! We are the ones to bring hope when there is none, we are to bring His light into the darkness, we are to bring His healing and comfort. And we are to gather His flock and lead them onwards as we proclaim the Kingdom of God is close at hand.

As we journey towards the 2nd week of Advent dear sisters and brothers, let us stop looking inwards and seeing only our weaknesses and shortcomings but let us look towards our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and see with the eyes of faith that we are His hope to bring His peace into a fallen world. Amen

Saint John Damascene, Priest, Doctor  Pray for us…

First reading

Isaiah 30:19-21,23-26 ·

The Lord God will be gracious to you and hear your cry

Thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel:

    People of Zion, you will live in Jerusalem and weep no more. He will be gracious to you when he hears your cry; when he hears he will answer. When the Lord has given you the bread of suffering and the water of distress, he who is your teacher will hide no longer, and you will see your teacher with your own eyes. Whether you turn to right or left, your ears will hear these words behind you, ‘This is the way, follow it.’ He will send rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the bread that the ground provides will be rich and nourishing. Your cattle will graze, that day, in wide pastures. Oxen and donkeys that till the ground will eat a salted fodder, winnowed with shovel and fork. On every lofty mountain, on every high hill there will be streams and watercourses, on the day of the great slaughter when the strongholds fall. Then moonlight will be bright as sunlight and sunlight itself be seven times brighter – like the light of seven days in one – on the day the Lord dresses the wound of his people and heals the bruises his blows have left.

Gospel

Matthew 9:35-10:1,5,6-8

The harvest is rich but the labourers are few

Jesus made a tour through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom and curing all kinds of diseases and sickness.

    And when he saw the crowds he felt sorry for them because they were harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest.’

    He summoned his twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits with power to cast them out and to cure all kinds of diseases and sickness. These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them as follows: ‘Go rather to the lost sheep of the House of Israel. And as you go, proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is close at hand. Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils. You received without charge, give without charge.’