Gospel: Matthew 9:35–10:1, 5a, 6-8
Jesus went around all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom; and he cured every sickness and disease. When he saw the crowds, he was moved with pity; for they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are only few. Ask the master of the harvest to send workers to gather his harvest.”
Jesus called his Twelve disciples to him, and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to drive them out, and to heal every disease and sickness.
Jesus sent these Twelve on mission, with the instructions: “Do not visit pagan territory and do not enter a Samaritan town.
Go, instead, to the lost sheep of the people of Israel. Go, and proclaim this message: The kingdom of heaven is near. Heal the sick, bring the dead back to life, cleanse the lepers, and drive out demons. Freely have you received, freely give.

“His heart was moved with pity for them”
Jesus is constantly on the move, teaching in synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom and curing every di­ sease and illness. Jesus has deep compassion on all those who are like sheep without a shepherd.
When we were baptized, we become coworkers in the vine­yard of the Lord. Every one of us is called to be a laborer with the Lord. I could be the only one who could reach a corner of my own part in the harvest field: my family, my neighbors, my office mates and others who came into my life. I may be the only person who could bring Jesus’ healing and compassion into their lives.
Let them know that Christ­mas is all about sharing in the works of Jesus. Heal those sick friends by your sympathy and support. Give life and vigor to them. They are physically alive but they have stopped living wonderful and meaningful lives. Let them know that they are ac­cepted and loved by God.
The spirit of Christmas impels us to act on our baptismal pro­mises as coworkers of the Lord. Be a gift to others. Share the spirit of Christmas by your own spiri­tual and corporal works of mercy.

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