Sunday Matthew 9:35—10:8 (9-21)

Prayer: Great and wonderful God, let your Word teach me to walk in your ways. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Second Sunday after Pentecost

37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;

Jesus knew that He could not see all the people, heal all the sick, and minister to the poor by Himself.  He needed others to help. (Of course we know that God could do anything, but what then would we be doing?)

Jesus called the original twelve and in turn they taught others, and so on. Now we are at today and we still know that there is a lot to be done and it seems few volunteers to serve.  We know many in our communities that could use our help; lonely, hurting, sick, afraid, and needing reassurance that they are important.

We are called by the Spirit to share the story of God’s love.  All of us who are baptized are called and charged with this. So there are many available, but only a few to step up.  Our devotion writer reminds us; “We don’t need eloquent words or lofty deeds; we can offer our true selves, as ones who know Christ’s love and want to share it with other.”

Prayer; “Lord of harvest, use me to share the gospel in word and deed. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

 

Matthew 9:35-10:21

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Harvest Is Great, the Laborers Few

35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

The Twelve Apostles

10 Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.

The Mission of the Twelve

These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment. Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, 10 no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for laborers deserve their food. 11 Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave. 12 As you enter the house, greet it. 13 If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. 15 Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.

Coming Persecutions

16 “See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17 Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; 18 and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. 19 When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time; 20 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 21 Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death;

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