Reflection on Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5, 6-8 ~
One of the greatest gifts we can pass onto our children is compassion. With it comes the urge to respond in love, peace, selflessness, and strength. It allows us to see with our hearts what might be missing first in ourselves then for our “neighbors”. To be a laborer includes helping those with spiritual needs. We need to show our next generation that compassion is a catalyst that can leverage a process of transformation into being like Christ, which our world so desperately needs.
Jesus Teaches in the Synagogue, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
Matthew 9 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The Harvest Is Great, the Laborers Few
35 Then 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. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
The Twelve Apostles
10 Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness.
5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6 but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5, 6-8.