The Lord of the Harvest and His Laborers

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For 4 December 2021, Saturday of the first week of Advent, based on Matthew 9:35-10:1, 6-8

Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’

Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, “The kingdom of heaven has come near.” Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Mary Erika is a lay preacher from the Philippines. She teaches at the Institute of Preaching, handling the Practicum in Preaching Program. She is also a School Administrator and an Associate Professor of Theology at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines, where she also received her Ph.D. in Theology.