Prayer of the Day

Feast of St. Ambrose

December 7th, 2013
"“Seeing the crowds he felt sorry for them because they were harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd.”" Matthew 9 : 36
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Those who should be shepherds were not shepherds; they did not take care of the flock. Jesus tries to be the shepherd.  In this, Matthew sees the realization of the Prophecy of the Servant of Yahweh, who took upon himself our sickness, and bore our infirmities” As it was for Jesus, the great concern of the Servant was “to find a word of comfort for those who were discouraged”. (Is 50, 4).  Do we perhaps, recognize a similar situation in our own parish community.  Are their people who look troubled and abandoned? Like sheep without                 a shepherd (Mt 15, 32). The Gospel of Matthew has a constant concern in revealing to the converted Jews of the communities of Galilee and of Syria that Jesus is the Messiah announced by the Prophets.  For this reason, frequently, he shows that in Jesus’ activity the prophecies are fulfilled. The harvest is rich, but the labourers are few. Jesus transmits to the disciples the concern and the compassion which are within him: “The harvest is rich, but the labourers are few! Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers to his harvest!”

Prayer Jesus, open my eyes to the shepherd-like qualities I need to possess that I may hear your call. Amen