Matthew 9:35-10:1 5A, 6-8
Saturday of the First Week of Advent
I will go before the Blessed Sacrament today, intensifying my union and friendship with my Risen Lord, and ask him to send more holy, priestly vocations for his Church.
Saturday of the First Week of Advent
Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5a, 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. Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus, “Go 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.”
Lord Jesus, I believe in you, the Lord of heaven and earth. Lord Jesus, I trust in
your goodness and tender concern for my good and the good of every single person on this earth. Lord
Jesus, I love you and wish to cooperate more fully with you. I am such a poor weak instrument, but I
know that you can do anything through those who trust in you.
Help me Lord, to know the mysteries of your Sacred
Heart and to respond with love.
Heart of Christ:
“His heart was moved with
pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd.” Jesus is our
creator and our redeemer. He knows that what we seek is his friendship, whether we realize it or
not. He knows that only he can satisfy our innermost desires. We need to be moved with compassion at
the thought of Jesus’ pain, wounded by so many souls who refuse to turn to him, our only source of
light, life and happiness. Do I ever consider how Jesus’ heart needs to be consoled because of the
indifference and rejection of so many souls whom he loves infinitely?
2. Pray to the Lord of the Harvest:
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few.” There are so many
souls in need of healing and so few to help Our Lord with building his Kingdom and saving souls.
“Pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers to the harvest.” Christ is calling us to help
him in this mission. We cannot be indifferent to the cries of our brothers and sisters who do not
know the truth and who have not experienced God’s awesome love. We must be convinced that Jesus is
the only answer for their yearnings. Do I pray often to the Lord of the harvest? Do I realize that I
am also called to be a laborer in the Lord’s harvest?
3. Go to the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel:
Jesus sends us out although we feel weak and helpless. Can we “heal the
sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, and drive out demons?” Isn’t there someone else, Lord? No.
Christ calls us for the same reason he called the first apostles, namely because he chooses the weak
to show that he is in charge. “Apart from the vine you can do nothing” (cf. John 15:5). But united
to him, we will bear much fruit. Trust in him especially when we feel our own weakness and
incapability. For, as the apostle St Paul, reminds us, “There is nothing I cannot do in him who
strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13), and “It is when I am weak that I am strong” (2 Corinthians
Oh Lord Jesus, I want to respond to the longings of your heart. You have loved us to
the point of dying on the cross for us, and we repay you so poorly. You deserve our grateful, loyal
love, but so often we abandon you. I want to console your Sacred Heart by helping to bring many
souls back into your friendship. I want to be part of the solution and not part of the problem;
however, I do not feel worthy or up to the task of being your apostle. Help me to cooperate with
you. Help me to soothe your longing to heal us and care for us. Here I am Lord, to do your loving
I will go
before the Blessed Sacrament today, intensifying my union and friendship with my Risen Lord, and ask
him to send more holy, priestly vocations for his Church.