Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time [II]
Hosea 8:4-7,11-13 + Matthew 9:32-38
July 10, 2018
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few….”
The cry that we hear Jesus utter in today’s Gospel passage—“the harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few”—is one that we usually associate with the need for vocations in the Church. But Jesus also speaks through these words about the harvest of one’s heart and the fruits of one’s soul. In each person is a soul created by God, and each soul is capable of being completely filled, as much as it is able: that is, to be “perfected” by God’s grace.
Unfortunately, this “harvest of the soul” is neglected by so many of us by our actions and our inaction. We are not willing to believe what the Church teaches about God calling every human person to be a saint. The Church at the Second Vatican Council spoke strongly about the “universal call to holiness”.
God gives each one of us many gifts, but only when we talk with God and are strengthened by Him do we learn how to use those gifts correctly, in accord with His plan. Through our prayer, and God’s grace, our minds and wills can be formed, so that we can be more perfectly the saints God wants us to be.