Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
December 5 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26
Psalm 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Matthew 9:35–10:1, 5a, 6-8
A reflection on today's Scripture:
The Harvest is abundant, but laborers are few. . . . (Matthew 9:37)
Indeed, the harvest is abundant. As God wills that every person on Earth comes back to Him, a deeply cherished child, it is up to those of us who know and love Him to spread His love through the world. The harvest is abundant and getting more so every day, as people forget God and return to their own ways. We can see it in our society, and particularly in this season as people, forgetting what Advent and Christmas are all about, rush to make preparations, stuffing their lives full of things that cannot satisfy, things that will ultimately disappoint.
Advent is a time for thinking about what will come and what has come. Jesus has already come to us, preparing the great harvest for God. Jesus is with us now as we labor and bring people to Him. Jesus will come again in glory to make the harvest complete and to lead those who love Him back home. Jesus, the great lover of our souls was, is, and is to come. Advent reminds us of that. These first two weeks plus a few days, we look ahead. The following two weeks, we look back to the great mystery of the incarnation - - of the life that gave life to the harvest.
As we think deeply about this season, let us become willing laborers. It isn't as though we work alone, because Jesus is present with us, working alongside us to bring the harvest into the barn, to reap the goods of Earth and to complete Heaven with God's joy at the return of His children.
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Saturday, December 5, 2009
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