The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few.

Today we have read how the Lord has sent disciples out to spread the good news, two at a time, along with instructions on how to proceed.  At the beginning of these instructions he says :

“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest. ”

Generally speaking this particular verse is usually reserved for missionaries, clergy and religious.   After taking some time in pondering this passage, consider how this applies to each of us.

It is true that in many groups, the work is usually done by about 10 percent of the total of the group, and the rest do not help.  They are busy, or tired, or have something else to do.   OK maybe that doesnt apply to you.. What about our neighbors ?     Do we really look out for our neighbors ?  Our community ?  Do you know who your neighbors are ?    Can you be Christ to those who you do not know ?  In certain situations, you can, but more and more, our society is becoming more and more isolated from itself.   People no longer know their neighbors.  They know more about the latest video game than they do about their neighbors.   We don’t talk to them outside of maybe a ” Hello” in passing.

Do we volunteer to help if we see they are working on a project ?  Do we invite them over for parties, or dinner ?   One of those sage pieces of advice my mother used to say when I was young, was ” If you want a friend, you have to be a friend”.    This is true in our spiritual walk as well.  We tend to look at our friends a bit more closely than we do others.  We spend time with them, and more importantly they look at us.    When they look at us, what do they see ?   Well, if we are doing those things we are supposed to, they see Christ in us.  They see what we do and how we act.

We dont have to go to the ends of the earth to be missionaries.  We can be Christ to the people we meet right in our own communities.   We can spread the Gospel message of love,, by saving someone else a little bit of labor or grief.  Like the instructions that Jesus gave the disciples,   We can go on our daily paths, the work we do, the lives we live, and spread the message of peace to those we meet.

In a day and time where there are people who seem all too eager to spread hatred and violence, I would like to challenge you to run against the tide, be different, actually LIVE your Christian values…


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