Gospel: Mt 9: 32-38
A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus, and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “He drives out demons by the prince of demons.” 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.”
BLESSINGS AMIDST RESISTANCE: Jacob wrestled the whole night with God to receive a blessing so that he can be a blessing to many. In the Gospel, Jesus wrestles with God through suffering and death to be a blessing to us. However, the Pharisees have chosen not to see anything good in what Jesus does even when he liberates people from their chains. Jesus, on the contrary, is moved by compassion at the face of the troubled and abandoned people around him. He cannot pass them by, without sharing in their situation. Many times people will not see any good in us even when we are serving God. We are invited to wrestle with God in prayers to receive the blessing of grace and encouragement, in order to be a blessing to many, despite the oppositions we face every day.
PRAYER: We pray for the grace to feel with others and to do our best to help them, all because of Christ.