The common teaching of the time was that somehow sinners brought God’s punishment upon themselves. This had to be a lonely existence; which is why when Jesus has pity on those who are troubled and abandoned, it is a moment of hope for those who have been listening to prophets like Hosea say God remembers guilt and punishes sinners.
Jesus sees the people as a group without a shepherd and conveys the image of a shepherd as one who protects others, is concerned about their welfare, and stand by them. Jesus is seeking helpers with these traits- he asks his disciples to ask God to send more workers. The more people to help harvest God’s word, the better!
Do I see God as being angry with you or looking out for you? Why? How can you be a shepherd for others?
Let us ask God to send more men, women, young and old with compassionate hearts to respond to the cry of the troubled and abandoned who walk the earth today.
Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C. is Chaplain at the Father Peyton Center in Easton, MA. Before coming to Holy Cross Family Ministries he served as a teacher and a parish priest. He also served for six years as a General Assistant of the Congregation in Rome, Italy. Originally from Fall River, MA, Father Leo grew up with eight siblings. Gifted with several languages, he is able to serve the Brazilian, Cape Verdean, Portuguese, Spanish and Haitian communities. When he's not greeting everyone who comes to the Father Peyton Center, you can find him regularly reading newspapers!