Tuesday of 14th week, mardi 14e semaine

“The harvest is plentiful, the workers too few! Pray therefore to the master of the harvest.”
Tuesday 19 April 2016

Hos.8,4..13 Ps.113 Mt.9,32-38

Tuesday of 14th week, even numbered year

"They had only just left, when suddenly a man was brought to him, a dumb demoniac. And when the devil was driven out, the dumb man spoke and the people were amazed and said, ’Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.’ But he Pharisees said’ It is through the prince of devils that he drives out devils!’

Jesus passed through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing all kinds of disease and all kinds of illness.’

Jesus desires happiness for mankind and he seeks this with all his heart without ever giving up.

There is a combat in each person and the Pharisees choose to live with demons rather than be with Jesus.

In our own combats, in our weaknesses and temptations, we come to realise that we shall be confronted to the same choices as at the time of Jesus.

The Good News is that this new Love come within our own reach!

Jesus is the man ’healing all infirmity and all sickness’ !

It is so wonderful to discover Jesus’ Heart announcing the Infinite Love of the Father. This Love of the Father gives us Jesus’ Heart delivering all those who suffer.

’Seeing the crowds!’… Jesus’ gaze spreads out towards Infinity as He sees the crowds are tired and overwhelmed.

“Jesus passed through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing all kinds of disease and all kinds of illness.And when eh saw the crowds he felt sorry for them because they were left to themselves and and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd.”

Jesus can appease the hunger of God for mankind despite the misery they carry within themselves, despite their suffering and indifferences Those far from God are still in need of this.

The way Jesus sees is not a critical way, seeing things from the outside, he doesn’t have a moral way of speaking. The way he sees things is full of tenderness, mercy and compassion.

’Seeing the crowds’ !

We might think that Jesus is immediately going to send his disciples on mission by saying : ’Go!’ But no, Jesus says ’The harvest is abundant and so few workers! So pray to the workers of the harvest.’

The wounded Heart of Jesus expresses itself before the wounds of his people. The Prophet Hosea announce this in the first reading : his People no longer can recognise God, not even things coming from God!

When he recognised Him he wanted to walk on God’s paths, but quite quickly this way is perverted in his heart.

’They offer up sacrifices to please me, says God, but what they have given with one hand they recuperate with the other!’

Now, God is here, present with us. He is waiting for us to come back to him.

“The harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers for the harvest.”

Jesus sees my heart, suggesting I give him a helping hand to pray very much for the harvest. We ask that we may see with Christ’s’ eyes -so many people are ready to fall into someone else’s arms if only they could be drawn to them.

The way Jesus looks is with compassion, tenderness and mercy! There are few real workers. It is the Father, Son nd Holy Spirit who work for the salvation of the world. He wants to join workers in humanity to them.

Mary is the first worker who believes that God can come and take on a body amidst our humanity. She loves Jesus who is given to her in the Holy spirit. This is how Salvation of the world begins.

At the other end of the spectrum, at the Cross, Mary is so close to Jesus an in her gaze there is nothing but compassion! In her great sorrow she looks to the father for Jesu truly is the man of sorrows.

Today, whenever Mary looks at someone in humanity who is suffering, it is her own Child she discovers, in a really mysterious manner. It really s the hidden gaze of the Father who sees each one of his children so a s to take them out of their misery and distress.

To co-operate in the work of sanctification for the world means to dwell in this gaze of love. It is above all a presence.

Remaining like this in God, letting God dwell within us in this way is something really hard for us : Pray therefore the master of the harvest."

We ask for the grace to remain in the Love of God, in Him who has living waters flow through us.