4th of December

Publié le 3 Décembre 2021

Gospel text

(Mt 9:35—10:1.6-8): 

 

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”

Then he summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness “Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”

 

The Application

 

Yesterday, we have celebrated Francis Xavier, one of the greatest missions of the Church. Many of us listened to the Advent lecture by Cardinal Raniera Cantalamessa, who invited us to look inside the Church and discover the mystery of God, the Father, which we very often leave out. In today's Gospel we have a day of Jesus, full of teaching and action. In him we discover God's compassion, which is revealed in action, and how we can imitate him. In this imitation, Jesus shows us two paths that we must take, together, two at the same time: contemplation and action.   

 

Jesus says that we have received grace and power freely. We are called to share them freely, in order to achieve their proper purpose, that His kingdom may come and His lost sheep be converted. To do this, we must do everything possible so that the world may discover, through our life of witness, the true presence of God in our actions and words. A divine closeness is created by our human proximity, which is the very Good News that we are called to live and be a witness, particularly in this Advent time. 

 

Action of the day: Be a person of peace.

“Ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”

 

Fr. Xavier PAGÉS i Castañer

(Barcelona, Spain)

 

Today, a week into our preparation for the celebration of Christmas, we see that one of the virtues, which we have to work on during Advent, is hope. Not in a passive way, like that of someone waiting for a train, but active hope, hope which gets us ready to give all that is needed for Jesus to be born again in our hearts.

We can't be happy just thinking about what it is we are hoping for, we have to think about what it is that God hopes of us. He wants us to follow him, just like he did the apostles. He tells us through Isaiah: “This is the way, walk in it” (Is 30:21, today's first reading). God hopes of us that we will give witness, each one in his own particular situation and circumstances that “the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Mt 10:7).

Today's Gospel tells of how Jesus, in front of that huge crowd, felt compassion and said “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” (Mt 9:37-38). He has always wanted to be able to count on us, he wants us, in all our diverse circumstances to become real apostles of the world in which we move and live. The mission for which God sent his son to the world depends on us for its continuation. We find in our present day a mass of desperate and disorientated souls, thirsting for the Good News of Salvation that Christ has brought us, and of which we are the messengers. It is a mission, which has been entrusted to every one of us. Conscious of our weaknesses and our failings, we get the support we need from constant prayer and are happy that this way we can collaborate with the plan for redemption that Christ has revealed.

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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