Clearly, here and now there is dire need for shepherds and labourers in the vineyard who will not only address spiritual needs but alleviate social ills.
Matthew 9: 32-37
Hope and help for the lost and dejected, the oppressed and marginalized was an age-old concern of Old Testament Prophets. When the Good Shepherd came in the New Testament, He epitomized caring concern along with follow-up-action as a model for those who were to follow.
In today’s Gospel passage, despite attempts to discredit his ministry, Jesus makes his way through towns and villages. Moved with compassion he responds to needs, engaging in healing and curing, teaching and proclaiming the kingdom to the lost sheep of Israel. He makes an appeal for shepherds and labourers to commit to his mission in relieving the plight of the people.
Current universal rumblings and expressions of discontent, verbal and physical have become commonplace. Clearly, here and now there is urgent need for shepherds and labourers in the vineyard who will not only address spiritual needs but alleviate social ills.
Lord, help us as Christians to respond to the call and take up the mantle of all-inclusive service as we reflect the compassionate face of Jesus.