Scripture Reflection: Matthew 9: 35 – 38
was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and
proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and
every kind of sickness. 36 Seeing the people, He felt compassion
for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a
shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest is
plentiful, but the workers are few. 38 "Therefore beseech the
Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest."
Jesus, you really saw
the people….with eyes of compassion…help me to see through your eyes the people
the surround me. Help me to understand
the needs in a way that I have not in the past.
Help me to see beyond the present presentation to the kind of person that
they can be, if touched by your Holy Spirit.
Jesus you saw the
people that presented to you in need in a way that only you can. As people who needed your touch, your healing,
your ministry to their hurts both physical and emotional.
You knew that
they need leadership and direction. You
knew the need that surrounded you. You knew the need for workers for your harvest. Help me to remember that it is your harvest and not mine… you are the
one that owns the harvest…the seed and the field…I am just the farm hand.
This request that you made of the disciples, you asked them to pray to the
Father for the workers that were need.
You who were the agent of creation…were limited and were unable within the present context to do
the whole job…unless the Father sent the needed workers. It is interesting that all but one of those who were asked to pray became the answer to their prayers. Funny how that works...
You walked the cities, the streets, towns and the villages, you knew the need up close and personal. You saw
the death…you saw the twisting that was going on of peoples hopes and dreams
and of what could be...and you asked the disciples to pray not just for the harvest but for harvest workers. In fact the harvest was assumed.
In this day that will start all too soon, give me your eyes to see the people that surround me with you eyes, to identify the needs with eyes like yours.