Reflections From The Bible And Life

The Labourers Are Few

Genesis 32:23-33; Psalm 17:1-15; Matthew 9:32-38

We can never forget typhoon Ondoy (international codename:Ketsana), Hurricane Katrina, and all other devastating natural calamities that left many dead, homeless, hungry and poor. For some who were deeply affected, it was a great loss and a time for grief, while for some it was a time for hope.

We who have not been directly affected were filled with compassion for the victims that even in the midst of their suffering they were able to feel God’s love through us as the Holy Spirit touched our hearts with compassion and we acted upon it. While it was a sorrowful moment, it was also a moment wherein we felt like being one with God as love was all around. It felt really good to have helped strangers in need. It was truly the work of the Holy Spirit.

From Matthew 9:35-38, the bibles says, “Then 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.’

We can be the “labourers” if we allow God to let us be. Let us ask the Lord to use us to bring love to others and draw them closer to Him.

Related issues:

Hands for the Harvest-Laborers for the Lord in the Far East
Laborers in the Vineyard of the Lord (The History of African-American Religions)

Benedict 14: A Simple And Humble Laborer in the Lord’s Vineyard
The Lord of the Harvest


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