Daily Reflection — The Harvest is Plentiful


“And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity. 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 laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’” (Matthew 9:35-38)


During Advent, our examination of our spiritual life must include not only our love for God, but also how that love is manifested in our love for others.

Each of us has been created by God and for God. It is our dignity that we are made for the supernatural end to spend all eternity giving glory to God and sharing in His communion and beatitude.

Such an incredible, unfathomable gift is not just mine, but intended for each and every person. My responsibility is not directed just toward my own attainment of heaven, but in some measure toward the same goal for each person God places in my life. The same is true for each of us.

The harvest is plentiful! Pray to the Lord of the Harvest…

Lord, teach me that the time is short. Lead me into the mission fields of my daily, ordinary life and grant me the courage and grace to labor for souls.


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Deacon Michael Bickerstaff is the Editor in chief and co-founder of the The Integrated Catholic Life.™ A Catholic Deacon of the Roman Rite for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Deacon Bickerstaff is assigned to St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church where he is the Director of Adult Education and Evangelization.

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