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Matthew 9:35-38

The Word of God

Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest."

Matthew 9:35-38
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    • In the Gospels, sickness is clearly not treated as a mere medical problem. Once again, sickness (like sin and even like death) is ultimately ascribed to the activity of the Evil One. The demonic power was feared. So Jesus saw his mission as : hand-to-hand combat with the Enemy.
    • Even some of those meant to be spiritual leaders of the people, allowed their motivation to come under the diabolic influence – like the Pharisees here who perversely ascribe Jesus’ miracle to the devil-in-chief.
    • No wonder, then, that the people as a whole could at times feel confused, pulled this-way-and-that, harassed and dejected : Jesus was quite clear that they had both bad and good guides / shepherds.
    • Jesus had important work to do – the harvest – and was going to need co-workers to share his mission.
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    • I bring to mind those who feel harassed and helpless. I pray for the compassion that Jesus had: that I may recognise those in need around me and be a shepherd to them.
    • Jesus recognised many missed opportunities as he looked at the people around him. I ask God to help me to recognise the rich harvest around me, that I may use the opportunities I might otherwise miss.
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    • In face of the helplessness and harassment that many suffer, Jesus reminds us to turn to God. We work as though everything depended on us, but pray as though everything depended on God. He is the Lord of the harvest. It is his world, not ours. We do what we can, glad to be of service. But God did not create us to help him out of a jam. The work of the world's redemption is never complete. When we have done our best, we turn to our father in heaven and say: /Thank you for giving me a share in this work. Now over to you, Lord./
    • The heart of Jesus is characterised by compassion. He could enter into the lives of others, particularly the lost and the needy, and they knew he cared. He seemed to care for them with a greater care than sometimes they had for themselves. Sheep without a shepherd roam in circles and they may even be led off by a false shepherd. Thus it is with us. Prayer is the field where compassion may be sown, for those near and those far away.
    • I bring to mind those who feel harassed and helpless. I pray for the compassion that Jesus had: that I may recognise those in need around me and be a shepherd to them.
    • Jesus recognised many missed opportunities as he looked at the people around him. I ask God to help me to recognise the rich harvest around me, that I may use the opportunities I might otherwise miss.
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    • In face of the helplessness and harassment that many suffer, Jesus reminds us to turn to God. We work as though everything depended on us, but pray as though everything depended on God. He is the Lord of the harvest. It is his world, not ours. We do what we can, glad to be of service. But God did not create us to help him out of a jam. The work of the world's redemption is never complete. When we have done our best, we turn to our father in heaven and say: /Thank you for giving me a share in this work. Now over to you, Lord./
    • The heart of Jesus is characterised by compassion. He could enter into the lives of others, particularly the lost and the needy, and they knew he cared. He seemed to care for them with a greater care than sometimes they had for themselves. Sheep without a shepherd roam in circles and they may even be led off by a false shepherd. Thus it is with us. Prayer is the field where compassion may be sown, for those near and those far away.
    • I bring to mind those who feel harassed and helpless. I pray for the compassion that Jesus had: that I may recognise those in need around me and be a shepherd to them.
    • Jesus recognised many missed opportunities as he looked at the people around him. I ask God to help me to recognise the rich harvest around me, that I may use the opportunities I might otherwise miss.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • In face of the helplessness and harassment that many suffer, Jesus reminds us to turn to God. We work as though everything depended on us, but pray as though everything depended on God. He is the Lord of the harvest. It is his world, not ours. We do what we can, glad to be of service. But God did not create us to help him out of a jam. The work of the world's redemption is never complete. When we have done our best, we turn to our father in heaven and say: /Thank you for giving me a share in this work. Now over to you, Lord./
    • The heart of Jesus is characterised by compassion. He could enter into the lives of others, particularly the lost and the needy, and they knew he cared. He seemed to care for them with a greater care than sometimes they had for themselves. Sheep without a shepherd roam in circles and they may even be led off by a false shepherd. Thus it is with us. Prayer is the field where compassion may be sown, for those near and those far away.
    • I bring to mind those who feel harassed and helpless. I pray for the compassion that Jesus had: that I may recognise those in need around me and be a shepherd to them.
    • Jesus recognised many missed opportunities as he looked at the people around him. I ask God to help me to recognise the rich harvest around me, that I may use the opportunities I might otherwise miss.