Gospel: (Matthew 9: 35-38)
Jesus went around to all the towns and villages,
teaching in their synagogues,
proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom,
and curing every disease and illness.
At the sight of the crowds,
His heart was moved with pity for them
because they were troubled and abandoned,
like sheep without a shepherd.
Then he said to his disciples,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
So ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest”.
*Special gospel reading selected by Bishop Barry Knestout to commemorate the feast day of Saint Vincent de Paul, the patron saint of the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia on September 27, 2020.
Reflection: Jesus is “stirred” and moved by the conditions of the people he encounters during his ministry. He is moved with compassion and mercy as he heals the crowds who are alone and abandoned. Jesus is teaching an important aspect of becoming a disciple. Using his own mission as a model, Jesus gathers the twelve apostles and commissions them to heal and proclaim the Kingdom of God.
Vincentian Meditation: Jesus’ message to the apostles is the same one for us today. As Vincentian followers, are we willing to imitate Jesus by showing compassion and mercy in reaching out to our brothers and sisters who are in need? Are we willing to be humble in our efforts to provide for the spiritual as well as material needs of our brothers and sisters? Each day let us look to our faith and trust in God as motivators to help us carry out the Vincentian mission of love.
Interiorization of the Word: Jesus offers us as his present day disciples the opportunity to experience an internal transformation by showing compassion and love to his adopted children.
Action Plan: Take time each day to pray for those who are in need of spiritual sustenance as well as material needs. Pray that those we help may accept and respond to our prayers and grace.
"When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat, and when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger , you welcomed me, and when I was naked, you gave me clothes to wear. When I was sick, you took care of me, and when I was in jail, you visited me." Then the ones who pleased the Lord will ask, "When did we give you something to eat or drink? When did we welcome you as a stranger or give you clothes to wear or visit you while you were sick or in jail?" The king will answer, "Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me."
"Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who are weeping now, for you shall laugh. Blessed shall you be when men will have hated you, and when they have separated you and reproached you, and thrown out your name as if evil, because of the Son of Man. Be glad in that day and exult, For behold, your reward is great in heaven.