February 3 2024: Bible Verse of the Day – Saturday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time, Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time, Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B – Abandoned Like Sheep Without a Shepherd – Matthew 9:32-38, Mark 6:30-34
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 labourers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out labourers for his harvest.” – Matthew 9:32-38, Mark 6:30-34
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Bible Verse of the Day Reflections
Jesus feels pity on the people when sees them troubled in their bodies, hearts and minds. Many people were ailing from different diseases and others were possessed by demons.
Just take a picture in today’s world of a very dusty place with poor infrastructure and sanitation, where people are begging for food on the streets and others are lying on the ground. This is the kind of scenario that Jesus encountered at that time.
When Jesus looked at those people who were also yearning to see and interact with Him, He did not see, like today’s leaders, votes or cheap labour, He felt pity on them because they were abandoned.
Jesus knew exactly how to help them and that was to heal them, drive out the demons and to preach to them about the Kingdom of Heaven.
He also wished that the master sends more labourers to help bring this abandoned flock of sheep back to the master’s fold.
What is happening in today’s world is and exact replica of what happened in Jesus’ time. Not only does it happen in the developing countries but also in the developed ones.
People are suffering from strange and terminal illnesses, most of which are a result of our indulgence into sin and evil actions.
Some people also do not know God today, over 2000 years after Jesus started proclaiming the Kingdom of God. Indeed as Jesus said, the harvest is abundant but labourers are few.
Jesus is calling on us right now to help Him gather and herd this abandoned flock and deliver it to Him for salvation.
Let us continue proclaiming the Word of God without fear of ridicule or persecutions. Through this reading, Jesus is begging us to become his labourers. So, do you accept Jesus Christ’s invitation?
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, You have told us that there is a bountiful harvest in Your Father’s land but the labourers are few. Lord, make me Your labourer and give me the strength to work for You. Help me do my part and I will get my wages on the last day. Amen
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