Tuesday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time/ July 6, 2021
Gospel: Matthew 9:32-38
Friends, in today’s Gospel we could see Jesus continuing his mission of healing and proclamation of the Kingdom. In the first part of the Gospel. Jesus healed a man who could not speak because of the demon’s possession over his body. Jesus drove out the demon. And when the demon was driven out, the mute man spoke. Crowds were amazed of this wonders that Jesus is performing. They even said, “nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel!” However, the Pharisees said, “He drives out demons by the prince of demons.”
In the second part of the Gospel, Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in the synagogues, proclaiming and healing those who have diseases and illnesses. And His heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. He then concluded saying 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.”
Friends, yesterday we witnessed the strong faith of Jairus and the woman who was sick for 12 years. Because of their faith they were healed of their affliction. In contrast to this, we have seen also last Sunday the unbelief of the people of Nazareth, the hometown of the Lord. Because of their lack of faith, Jesus was not able to perform wonders and miracles except those whom He laid hands upon because they believe. Now, we see Jesus never discouraged nor disappointed because of that experience of rejection by His own town. Instead, He did not stop His mission of healing and proclamation of God’s reign. And we could realize here, that He, our Shepherd has heartfelt concern for His sheep! This is the love of the Lord! And it is very consoling because He never rejects anyone who ask for His help. This is also very consoling for us today! We are troubled and feeling alone, abandoned because of the various problems we had, in particular the pandemic. But Jesus sees us through! He sees our needs. He sees our problems. And He even felt compassion for us. Which is why He assures us that He is our Shepherd. And as Shepherd, He never abandons His sheep.
Friends, Jesus loves us so much. He loves us more than our family loves us. We are gems and jewels in His very eyes. He even died for these! We should realize this love of the Lord in our lives. We should bring also this experience of love towards our brothers and sisters. Our Lord Jesus is our Shepherd Doctor. Come to Him and go for check up! He loves you.
Abba, our Shepherd. You sent Jesus to be our Good Shepherd who never abandons His sheep. May we who belong in His flock, become also shepherd towards others who need most of our help. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son, who lives with You in unity of the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen.