Saturday of the First Week of Advent
Book of the Prophet Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26; Psalm 147:1-6; Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5a, 6-8
What does it mean to have compassion? We usually think of compassion in terms of charity, giving, or caring for another. However, something tells me that, after reading today’s Gospel narrative, my normal sense of it is not quite right. I believe that there is something else. Dividing the word into its roots, we see that “com” means alongside and “passion” means feeling. When Jesus had compassion for the crowd, who came to hear Him teach them and heal them of their infirmities, He obviously had compassion for them. He came alongside them, joining with them, feeling with them. The emphasis is on being with them in their struggles, feeling their pain and distress.
Friends, here comes the best part. We hear our Lord instructing His disciples, which now includes all of us, what we are to do. We are all called into action, which is directed to resolving injustice and incorporating mercy. We are told that “the harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few.” Therefore, we must pray and ask the “Master” of the harvest to send laborers for His harvest.
However, here lies the dilemma. Through our baptismal promise, we are all aware that God has placed a spark within all of us to act, when necessary, to help all those who are victims of injustice. Unfortunately, many of us get caught up in our own understanding of what needs to be done and what the outcome should be. We are most probably frustrated if/when the decisions we endorse are not our own.
I hope this will help; Jesus did not say to us not to go into the harvest. He did say for us to pray, which is a reminder that we need God’s presence and grace in all that we say and do. Thank you, Lord!
Question of the Day: How will you show compassion toward others who are in desperate need of our prayers?
Prayer: “Our Lord is our Judge, our Lawgiver, our King; it is He who will save us.” (Gospel acclamation 12-5-2020)