“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” (LK 10: 2)
“The harvest is abundant,” because whatever comes from God is abundant. He wants us to live in abundance; Our Lord doesn’t want us to have an average life, or relationship, or acceptable job or community. He wants us the best because our lives here, on Earth, are temporary and we belong to heaven. We are invited to support our brothers and sisters to help them to grow, to love fully, and in abundance. It could be by organizing Program, or Marriage Harbor, or taking care of their children to give them space for the date, or sharing with them our best practices. There is always a need for laborers, who love and who understand, how important is to live as givers, not demanders.
“The Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel.” (Gospel Acclamation)
“Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God.” (LK 8: 1)
On one hand, it would be so nice to stay in the same place, work with the same group of people, and have a stable situation. On the other hand, there is also another vocation, to be all the time moving “from one town and village to another.” More difficult, more challenging, less understood, or accepted. It would be nice to have regular Programs in a few places, working with the same group of people and having stable lives, but we are invited to follow Our Lord’s example, moving Programs to new destinations, working with new people, and being in our journey all the time. Good coaches don’t sit on the bench when the world is in need.
“Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.” (Gospel Acclamation)
“They were all amazed and said to one another, ‘What is there about his word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.’” (LK 4: 36)
“Authority and power” comes only from love. The more we love, the more we have authority and power. When people do things by force, they are focused on themselves; when we do things using power, we are focused on others and our motivation comes from love.
“A great prophet has arisen in our midst and God has visited his people.” (Gospel Acclamation)
“After he had fed the people, Jesus made the disciples get into a boat and precede him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening he was there alone.” (MT 14: 23)
For so many of us it is so difficult to be alone; always music in the background, always headphones, TV almost non-stop on. Remedy for bad days: shopping or alcohol—I deserve it. New objects, new people, new places—everything is better than being alone. But the only way to meet our true self, to meet Our Lord Who knows us perfectly (and loves unconditionally) is to be alone. In the beginning, it could be scary and hard, but with every moment and with every day we will more and more easy. And we will soon happy with every moment of solitude.
“I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for his word.” (Gospel Acclamation)
“On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb.” (JN 20: 1)
You know that I like very much the moment: “early in the morning, while it was still dark.” This is the best moment to recognize who we are, what is our purpose to live, what is our identity, and plan the whole day to be a concern about our vocation and to actions that need to be planned. When the first moment is also based on recognition where is Our Lord (“Mary Magdalene came to the tomb”), we can open the Bible and look for Him in His words, or go to the Church to meet Him in the Holy Mass, we will have the best morning and the whole day: “Tell us, Mary, what did you see on the way? I saw the glory of the risen Christ, I saw his empty tomb.”
“Tell us Mary, what did you see on the way? I saw the glory of the risen Christ, I saw his empty tomb.” (Gospel Acclamation)
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.” (MT 11: 25)
I like children and I like childlike. I like their world—their enthusiasm, simplicity, trust, and joy. I like how fast they forgive, how fast they came back from tears to smiles, how much they love, and express their love. How amazing our world could be when we will be more childlike and less serious to each other.
“Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.” (Gospel Acclamation)
“When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.” (MT 5: 1)
Our Lord is always in mission, always protecting, always serving, and always responsive to our needs. The same is true of every kind of love: spouses and parents, friends and siblings, teachers and doctors, priests and consecrated people: this is life for all who are in love.
“Rejoice and be glad; for your reward will be great in heaven.” (Gospel Acclamation)
“Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, ‘Are you discussing with one another what I said, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.’” (JN 16: 19-20)
For the Apostles “a little while” was to wait until Resurrection; for us “a little while” will be on our death or we will await his visible return in glory. So “a little while” in years could be long or short depends on many other factors. The good news is that we will see Him: “our grief will become joy.” And He wants to be with us, He wants to see us and He will come again.
“I will not leave you orphans, says the Lord; I will come back to you, and your hearts will rejoice.” (Gospel Acclamation)
“When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, ‘Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.’” (LK 2: 48)
One of my favorite feasts: The Solemnity of St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. St. Joseph is never alone, he is recognized by His vocation to be husband and father. This is real identity—coming from vocation, coming from God, by His call. St. Joseph is a husband and father. And he helps us to be good spouses and good parents.
“Blessed are those who dwell in your house, O Lord; they never cease to praise you.” (Gospel Acclamation)
“For they had been discussing among themselves on the way who was the greatest. Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, ‘If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.’” (MT 9: 34-35)
Our civilization is very competitive; we have marks and evaluations at every moment in our lives. We are rating and we make ratings, and it is normal that people want to be “the greatest.” If we want to be the greatest in loving, in being helpful or being a gift of self, we are going in the right direction—we want to be “the servants of all.” But when we think about domination, taking the first place or having the rights to give orders—we are going in the wrong direction.
“May I never boast except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.” (Gospel Acclamation)