Saturday of the First Week of Advent

December 3, 2016


Today’s Thought from Scripture:  Matthew 9:35-38

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.”


In today’s Advent meditation I reflect upon “Smiling Charlie,” the elderly man with leprosy with whom I shared an orange during my first Christmas away from home, which I spent in Dakar, West Africa. I had purchased a bag of fruit to hand out to children who begged in the streets, and as they swarmed me shouting “Cadeau, cadeau Mademoiselle!” I marveled at their hunger. Not just hungry for fruit. Hungry for more they hardly knew how to name.

The laborers are few, Jesus said. How can you help with the harvest?


Heavenly Father, I need not look far –

Barely outside my own front door –

To see people desperately in need of a word of hope,

Who need to know about you.

Give me courage to open my mouth

And to share my faith with someone today.

St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!


To read the full readings for today, click here.