SATURDAY HOMILY – 1ST WEEK IN ADVENT [YEAR B]
THEME: Lost Sheep – have a heart
By: Deacon Bill Frere
Gospel – Matthew 9: 35-10:1, 5A, 6-8
Speaking from experience (unfortunately), a lot of the people that I know who are in the service industries are the kindest, selfless and most compassionate individuals that I have been acquainted with, especially at a time when the family needs so much support, encouragement and assistance. That doctor who takes the time to share the latest pics of her little kids! That custodial worker who always smiles and wishes you a good day! That pharmacist who knows you by name and asks about your family’s health! That daytime nurse who notices that you’re showing up at an uncommon time and asks if everything is okay! That retirement village administrator who makes sure an extra dinner gets sent to the apartment just to make sure that, in the midst of another crazy stressful day, you are eating something!
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Servants one and all! But you know what makes them different? It’s that they don’t see their work as a job but as a daily ministry! They do it out of care! They do it with care!
In today’s Gospel, Jesus is going from town to town preaching and teaching. And at every stop, He is filled with compassion and heartbreak for the people – sick and helpless, troubled and abandoned! So He commissions the Twelve to go out – to preach, to teach, to heal, to care for the lost sheep of the flock.
And that is the mission that Jesus is calling all of us to follow! To preach, to teach! But most importantly TO CARE! To tend to the lost sheep by responding to their needs with compassion and love! Let’s all keep that in mind and in practice during this season of joy and giving!
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