December 5, 2020
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few.” (Matthew 9:35-10:1)
We have all been in situations when we were faced what seemed like an impossible task. It was too big and required more time and energy than we had. Certainly the case if we tried to do it alone, but with help the task suddenly became manageable.
That reality plays out in today’s Gospel. Getting all of us to help do God’s work is a daunting task. I wonder sometimes why God didn’t just “program” all of us to do His will. Why did He add free will to the mix and make things more difficult? My guess is that He wanted us to commit on our own and take ownership of the work that needed to be done. No worker works harder than one who has buy-in.
Jesus was sending out his twelve disciples, giving them “authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness.” These were 12 men who had bought in and could now do the work of Jesus – bringing the Good News to those who had not yet been exposed, healing the sick, and caring for the poor.
This type of work is never done. Jesus sends us out as well. We’ve had the benefit of hearing His message and know what needs to be done. Our creed states: “We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church…” If we truly believe these words we pray at Mass each Sunday (or else why would we say them?), then we accept that we are apostles. Therefore, we accept the responsibility of going out to do God’s work.
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few.”
If not us, then who?