FIRST SATURDAY OF ADVENT

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD December 9, 2017 First Saturday of Advent   WORD of the DAY  At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd.   (Matthew 9: 36) How shall I live this Word? The Gospel evokes two meaningful images of the pastoral/agricultural culture of Jesus’ time.  The shepherd must take care of his flock and the farmer must attend to his field.  At the sight of the crowds, Jesus feels compassion because they are like sheep without a shepherd and like private fields under the care of the owner. This is similar to His experience at the start of His apostolic mission upon the earth.  His compassion is that of God the Father who sent Him to earth to save humanity.  In order to accomplish His mission over the course of centuries, Jesus invites us to ask the master of the harvest to send workers who will carry out this work.  Thus, it is the responsibility of every Christian to invoke God so that He may open the heart and mind of many people to be ready to proclaim...