05.12.2020 Matthew 9:35-10:1,5,6-8

“And when he saw the crowds he felt sorry for them because they were harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matt. 9:36)

Today’s gospel reading speaks about Jesus’ compassion for the crowds. His compassion was aroused by his observation that the crowds were harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd. He then calls on the disciples to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into the harvest.

The message of today’s gospel can be summarised in one sentence. See what Jesus saw, and do as he did. Jesus and his disciples see the crowd. But there is a fundamental difference between these two views. Unlike the disciples, Jesus saw the crowds approaching him with a compassionate heart and compassionate eyes. To understand the attitude of the disciples, let us look at the miracle of the multiplication of loaves.

The message of today’s gospel can be summarised in one sentence. See what Jesus saw, and do as he did. Jesus and his disciples see the crowd. But there is a fundamental difference between these two views. Unlike the disciples, Jesus saw the crowds approaching him with a compassionate heart and compassionate eyes. To understand the attitude of the disciples, let us look at the miracle of the multiplication of loaves.

The message of today’s gospel can be summarised in one sentence. See what Jesus saw, and do as he did. Jesus and his disciples see the crowd. But there is a fundamental difference between these two views. Unlike the disciples, Jesus saw the crowds approaching him with a compassionate heart and compassionate eyes. To understand the attitude of the disciples, let us look at the miracle of the multiplication of loaves. As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” (Matt.14:15). But the mercy of the Good Shepherd Jesus is abundant there in the form of bread. A similar situation exists here. Surely in that crowd will be many who are sick and suffering. But the disciples see nothing of it. That is why the disciples do not even feel the need to bring them to Jesus. But Jesus sees them all. Jesus’ attitude invites us to have an eye for the pains of others. We come across the sufferings of many every day. Can we give someone a little joy or comfort? Do we miss the one who lies half-dead on the road thinking too much about what to do? During this time of preparation, may we be able to show compassion to someone who is beset by various needs and to become a good Samaritan. We are all called, in different ways, to be channels of the Lord’s compassion for his people.

✍CB