Reflection for the Saturday of the First Week of Advent

7 December 2019
Bishop Vincent Long washes the feet of a young person during the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday in 2018. Image: Diocese of Parramatta.

 

Saturday of the First Week of Advent

Year A

Reading: Isaiah 30: 19-21; 23-26

Responsorial Psalm: PS 147: 1-6

“Blessed are all who wait for the Lord”

Reading 2: Ephesians 1: 3-6; 11-12

Gospel: Matthew 9: 35 – 10: 1, 6-8

 

Matthew 9:37-38 – “The harvest is abundant but the labourers are few, so ask the master of the harvest to send out labourers for his harvest.”

Today’s gospel is a portrait of the Church. It shows us what Jesus wants His followers to do and how to do it.

We are a missionary Church. We are sent by the Lord to spread His word and do His work.

The Christian Gospel is just not something we are meant to cling to for our own benefit. Rather, it is like a seed that we are meant to give away.

We do this work together, with others, in community. Ministers need people to support them, pray for them, talk to them, challenge them.

Francis of Assisi had an experience of God and then, within months, gathered people around him. Dominic, from the beginning, had brothers in his work, and Mother Teresa attracted a number of her former students to join her in her mission. We don’t go it alone.

And prayer is not incidental to ministry. It is not decorative. It is the lifeblood of the Church’s efforts. Without it, nothing will succeed. Without it, no ministers will come forward. At all points, pray, pray, pray.

Pray for those in your parish who are reaching out to others.

 

With thanks to Holy Name of Mary Parish, Hunters Hill, who have supplied these daily Advent and Christmas 2019 reflections from their publication Daily Inspirations of Faith: A Season of Prayer – Advent to Epiphany 2019-20.

 

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