Advent Wk 1st: Saturday,  Saturday, 9th December,2017  (Mt 9:35-10:1,7,8b)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Believers - Dejected: In today’s Gospel, Jesus felt deep Compassion for the crowds that were helpless, “harassed and dejected” as they “were like sheep without a shepherd.”  Jesus said, “The harvest is rich, but the labourers are few.”  Are we doing our part to draw people closer to God and the Church?  What is the Spirit saying to us today?

Fr Philip Heng, S.J

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 disease and all kinds of illness. 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 out labourers to his harvest.’ 

He summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits with power to drive them out and to cure all kinds of disease and all kinds of illness. And as you go, proclaim that the kingdom of Heaven is close at hand. You received without charge, give without charge.

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • •In today’s Gospel Jesus was saddened by the multitudes that were weary, scattered and lost.  They were like sheep without a shepherd. Jesus wants to save their souls and offer them eternal life. 

  • •Today millions are also wandering and lost; searching for a deeper meaning in life.  They realize that the glamour of the secular world is transient and does not offer them fulfillment.

  • •Thus, millions are spiritually adrift and are hungering to be fulfilled by what God has to offer them.  Pray that more people will be moved by God to join the religious and priesthood vocation.