True Laborers Needed

A reflection on today’s Sacred Scripture: 

He drives out demons by the prince of demons. (Matthew 9:35)

Again, Jesus amazes the crowds when He heals a demoniac, but the Pharisees respond with suspicion, declaring to all that Jesus’ power comes from the devil. The crowds are confused by this and feel abandoned by their religious leaders, especially after they hear Jesus teach in their synagogues and see more of His miraculous healings. Jesus’ heart is moved with pity for them because they recognize Him as Truth, but having been deserted in their own place of worship, are now like sheep without a shepherd, who only thirst for more of Him. So Jesus sends His disciples out on a mission, telling them to ask the Master of the harvest to send out laborers for His abundant harvest.

Our world is still vastly troubled and in a state of confusion, because like the Pharisees, too many religious leaders are leery of the Truth the Gospel brings. But it was by this Truth that Jesus received the power to heal when He disposed His heart to do the will of His Father.

Jesus has many followers, but few who are willing to become laborers and proclaim the Gospel of His Kingdom. We want only to see His miracles, feel His consolation — but not His sufferings. Today’s Gospel incites the disciples of our time to become true laborers by imitating Jesus, the Great Laborer, by bringing into our prayerlives the desire to cooperate with the divine plan of our Father, the Master of the harvest, and to share the message of Truth to those He brings to us. E.

Today’s Holy Mass Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/120520.cfm

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A reflection on today’s Sacred Scripture:

Who can enter the Kingdom of Heaven?

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’ . . . but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21)

It’s about saying vs. doing.

Jesus teaches that His Father’s will is accomplished through actions, not just empty, ornamented words. When our days here end, having merely said, “I believe,” “I love you” and “I’m sorry” will not have been enough.

On an encouraging note, God loves us more than we can comprehend. He wants to make our sin and His law visible to us so we can attain eternal life with Him. It’s not enough to confess, and then repeatedly commit the same sins. We must also resolve to do His will. So He left us with tools for strength and endurance: His Word and the Sacraments, to help us build our house on rock, not sand. We must let Him transform us, and when He sees we’re determined, He’ll replace our way with His way. During our lives, each of us is given the opportunity to develop the Kingdom of God – His very presence – within us. When we do, we begin to see a clearer path toward Heaven.

Today’s Gospel wasn’t meant to dishearten, but Jesus wants us to know that to His Father, actions speak louder than words.

Today’s Holy Mass Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/120320.cfm

miracle of faith

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A reflection on today’s Sacred Scripture:

One of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice.” (Luke 17:15)

Jesus always responds to prayers made in faith. The faith of the ten lepers brought them a miraculous cure, but the faith of one brought him back to the feet of Jesus, where he learned that his conviction had brought him something even greater: salvation, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.” (Luke 17:19)

All things are possible with God, but only in faith can we accept the mystery of His power the way the lone leper did when he returned to thank Jesus. One would expect such a reaction from a leper whose lesions suddenly disappeared, but it didn’t happen that way for the other nine. And it doesn’t always happen that way for us, even though the miracles in our own lives go beyond physical healings every day! 

God has pity on us every time we ask, not just when His answer is visible like the lepers. Trusting in this is the miracle of faith, and in its fullness we find salvation.

E.

Today’s Holy Mass Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/112620-thanksgiving-day.cfm

give Him something beautiful.

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Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD?
or who may stand in his holy place?
He whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean,
who desires not what is vain.”
Psalm 24: 3-4

God is unimpressed with our words. He looks only at our hearts.

He is spirit and those who follow Him, follow Him in spirit and truth. He who founded the earth upon the seas can read our hearts. Let’s give Him something beautiful to see.

Today’s Holy Mass Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/112320.cfm