11th Week, Ordinary Time (Year A) : Sunday 18th June, 2023

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DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage

Dear Friend in the Lord,

The Harvest is Rich” – Faith: In today’s Gospel, Jesus felt sorry for the crowds and proclaimed, “The harvest is rich, but the labourers are few . . .”  Ponder on, “The ‘labourers’ God needs are Baptised Christians to witness to the gift of faith of Jesus’ Good News of Salvation.  Are we willing to respond to His call to be His ‘labourer’ “?

Fr Philip Heng, S.J.

Matthew 9:36-10:8

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.

These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon who is known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who was also his betrayer. These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them as follows:

‘Do not make your way to gentile territory, and do not enter any Samaritan town; go instead 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 those suffering from virulent skin-diseases, drive out devils. You received without charge, give without charge.