Daily Reflection for Tuesday, July 06, 2021
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Tuesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Genesis 32:23-33
Responsorial: Psalm 17:1b, 2-3, 6-7ab, 8b and 15
Gospel: Matthew 9:32-38
Our reflection on Tuesday’s readings:
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38
St Monica recently hosted a farewell reception for Father Timothy DeCrane, who has finished his two-year assignment with us and is transferring to Our Lady of Greenwood Parish tomorrow. The reception line was long, but I eventually got to chat with Father before the 12:30 Mass. As we were discussing his next assignment, the words of this Gospel reading, “The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few,” were ringing in my mind and I shared them with Father Tim and told him how grateful I am for his commitment and service for us. He is one of the few that has left everything and followed Jesus. He has blessed us with his dedication to the Blessed Sacrament, and for that, we are indebted and grateful to him.
I have been watching the movie series called The Chosen. I think it is the best film depiction of the Gospels I have ever seen and the best TV show on air these days. You can find it on this link. The Chosen includes the call of Jesus to his disciples. Starting with Simon Peter and his brother Andrew, Jesus calls his disciples and they obediently drop their previous lives and follow Him. Nicodemus also feels the call but is unable to renounce his worldly affairs and follow. It is no less challenging for me to follow Jesus.
If we look around, it is easy to see there is much work for the laborers. We pray “on earth as it is in heaven.” It will take our good works along with prayer to make that happen. Jesus is calling us to help with the harvest, and our challenge is to follow him.
Our reflection question is: How am I helping Jesus with the harvest today?
Peace and Blessings,
Deacon John McShea