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Tuesday 14th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Tuesday 14th Week of the Year

Matthew 9:32-38.

In the gospel Jesus tells us that the harvest is abundant. There is plenty of work to do, plenty of opportunities to be his presence for all we meet everyday.

More laborers! Ask for more laborers.

Notice that Jesus doesn’t say,
“The harvest is abundant,
but the preachers and teachers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out more preachers and teachers
for the harvest.”

Nor does tell us to ask the master the harvest
to send more “saints” or “experts.”
No! He tells us to ask for more “laborers.”

The word “laborer” means “worker.”

It is someone who pitches in
and is willing to get their hands dirty.
And with whom do we get our hands dirty?

People who ask us to pray for them;
people whom we serve in various parish ministries;
people we serve in the community
on different civic or volunteer organizations.

And please, let us remember how important it is
to get our hands dirty working for the Lord
with people his Divine Providence
brings into our lives every day.

Labor – work – means getting involved
and seeing a work of mercy to its end.

Please God, people will be better off because
a disciple of the Lord was with them!

There are times yes, we evangelize through our words.

Those opportunities come when people are hungry
for the Word of the Lord.

We don’t have to be an expert,
a professional preacher or teacher,
or a canonized saint
to pour a cup of soup for someone hungry,
pound a nail for someone homeless,
or fill out a form for someone who can’t read.

Ministering to one person at a time
with all the love in our hearts
makes us laborers of our Lord’s harvest.
He didn’t say, “Buy a house or a car for someone in my name.”

Jesus doesn’t ask us to do the impossible
to labor or work in his harvest.

He did say, “Give someone a cup of water in my Name,
and you will be giving it to me.”

Yes indeed – we are all “laborers of his harvest.”

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida.

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