Laborers Needed

We Need Laborers for the Harvest

Greetings on this the Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest
Readings: 1 Cor 1:26-31; Ps 112:1bc-2, 3-4, 5-7, 7-8, 9; Mt 9:35-38

So, I chose to use the readings from the Memorial today.
The fit of the daily reading just wasn’t doing it. My weakness not the scripture.


God chose Vincent de Paul, unworthy as he was, to be a source of divine good.

The Church is for all God’s children, rich and poor, peasants and scholars, the sophisticated and the simple. But obviously the greatest concern of the Church must be for those who need the most help—those made helpless by sickness, poverty, ignorance, or cruelty. Vincent de Paul is a particularly appropriate patron for all Christians today, when hunger has become starvation, and the high living of the rich stands in more and more glaring contrast to the physical and moral degradation in which many of God’s children are forced to live.


First reading
Consider your own calling, brothers and sisters.
God chose:

  • not the powerful.
  • not those of noble birth.
  • did the foolish of the world to shame the wise.
  • did the weak of the world to shame the strong.
  • did the lowly and despised of the world.
  • did those who count for nothing.


When the good works of the Lord are done, the Lord is praised and glorified.
All good things come from the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Blessed the man who fears the Lord.

It is helpful to understand it this way: To fear the Lord (be in AWE of the Lord) moves us to imitate him just as you would imitate your father or mother in their best abilities and characteristics.

  • Or do you not smile when a girl tries on Mom’s dress and make-up?
  • Or do you not smile when a boy tries on Dad’s utility belt?

Lavishly he gives to the poor,
his generosity shall endure forever;
his horn shall be exalted in glory.

Alleluia Verse
I am the good shepherd, says the Lord;
I know my sheep, and mine know me.

Gospel Portion
If you care to hear it. Monday’s reading is a summary of Sunday’s reading.
I always wondered why in this cycle it happens.

The keep message is:

  1. We are all called to serve by proclaiming the Good News.
  2. Every chld (and you are a child) should never be excluded from the Good News.

So, I chose to use the readings from the Memorial today.
The fit of the daily reading just wasn’t doing it.

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages,
teaching in their synagogues,
proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom,
and curing every disease and illness.

At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them
because they were troubled and abandoned,
like sheep without a shepherd.
Then he said to his disciples,

“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.”

God is hiring today. Your qualification are trust and faith in him.

Great work!

Great benefits!

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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