“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.”


    

 

It never ceases to amaze me how Jesus moved through the lives of the common people of Israel over 2,000 years ago going about the business of healing.  The Pharisees with their closed hearts and minds never can accept what He is doing, and so look for lame excuses to discredit Him – He violates the Sabbath, “He drives out demons by the prince of demons”; He “blasphemes” when He tells the truth.

Jesus’ numerous exorcisms brought freedom to many who were troubled and oppressed by the works of evil spirits. Jesus Himself encountered personal opposition and battle with Satan when He was put to the test in the wilderness just before His public ministry. He overcame the evil one through His obedience to the will of His Father. Whenever people approached Jesus with expectant faith, He gave them freedom from the power of sin and from the forces of evil and darkness.  However, Jesus’ healings are not to be separated from His preaching about God’s reign and His person. They are revelations of God’s glory, signs of salvation and mighty deeds of God’s reign. This love which is historical and physical solidarity with human suffering, springs from the Father’s love and constitutes the basis of the Church’s liberating activity. In the light of Jesus’ merciful love, His life acquires new clarity.

Jesus miracles attracted reactions from the people. The first is the reaction of the multitudes. They are amazed and say, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” That is the honest and truthful reaction. But more important is the reaction of those who did not believe Jesus was the Messiah. For anyone who is interested in examining the evidence of whether or not Jesus is the Christ, the testimony of His detractors is critical. So, what will they say? Will they deny that He ever did anything miraculous? Will they talk about how His miracles were done by sleight of hand? Will they suggest that those He purported to heal were really not ill at all? No, they will not say any of these things. Instead, they will admit that He has done the miracles, but deny that the source is from God. “He casts out demons by the ruler of demons.” That is an admission that the demons were cast out! Jesus will later expose the foolishness of such an argument. Why would the Satan destroy his own kingdom?

“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.”

The harvest is in the figure of the growth of the Kingdom; but apostles are necessary to reap the abundant harvest which is there. The harvest, however, is not sown by the apostles, but by Jesus Himself. The apostles reap what He has sown. This missionary discourse indicates that the apostles’ missionary activities continue those of Jesus’. Whatever our state of life ( married, single, learned or illiterate, male or female…),we are all entrusted with this mission: to work for the liberation of our brothers and sisters. The Lord is looking for those who have His heart, who see people with a heart of compassion and are willing to go and help them. Unfortunately, those kinds of people are few in number. Most simply condemn and count others unworthy of the Lord’s mercy. Therefore, pray that the Lord will send laborers into His harvest, and as you do, think about yourself.

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