Friday of 25th Week of Ordinary C--Saint Vincent de Paul

The Harvest Is Abundant But the Laborers Are Few

Anthony de Mello, S.J., told a story in his book, The Heart of the Enlightened, A beggar saw a banker coming out of his office and said, “Could you give me a dime, sir, for a cup of coffee?” The banker felt sorry for the man and gave him a dollar and said, “Take it and have ten cups of coffee.” The next day, as soon as the beggar saw the banker came out of his office, he punched him on his face. The banker said, “Hey, what are you doing?” “You and your lousy ten cups of coffee. They kept me awake the whole of last night!” I confess to having helped you. Can you find in your heart to forgive me and let me go? The Lord creates us and brings us into the existence so to love God and to love one another. However, we fail to love God and love one another that in today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us saying, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” So, what is the harvest? Who are the laborers? The harvest is the people who haven’t heard nor recognized the author of life, his continuous presence in our midst, his loving concern continues to keep us into the existence by providing us the air that we breathe in every moment of our live.

Saint Vincent de Paul is one of the laborers that today the Church celebrates his feast. Saint Vincent was born to a peasant family in southwest France. As an intelligent young man, he studied for priest at a very young age of fifteen and ordained to the priest at the age of twenty. He was taken captive by Turkish pirates and sold into slavery. He was free after almost ten years of slavery. He converted one of his owners to Christianity. Returning to France, he served as a parish priest near Paris where he started organizations to help the poor, nurse the sick, found fobs for the unemployed, etc. He died at the age of 79 of natural causes.

There are also many saints beside saint Vincent de Paul considered as the laborers of the harvest that the Lord entrusted them to take care. What are about you and me? Are you and I considered as the laborers? How would we become the laborers of the harvest? Have you and I remembered to pray for the gift of perseverance for those laborers who responded to God’s call to work for the harvest of the Lord. The decision is yours.


Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen

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