Tues. [G]ospel [P]rayer [S]tudy - "the laborers are few"
GOSPEL - Mt 9:32-38
A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus, and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “He drives out demons by the prince of demons.” Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. 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. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”
PRAYER - Prayer to Know One's Vocation
Prayer #34 from the
Oratory: Place of Prayer Book
Lord Jesus, up until now You have been quietly preparing me to be Your disciple. Now the time of preparation is ending. I seem to hear you say to me as once to Peter: “Will you also go away?” You were saddened then by friends who failed You. But Peter did not fail. “Lord,” he said, “To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” I stand with Peter. Through prayer and counsel, show me, Lord, where it is in Your vineyard that You want me to serve. Then give me strength to be faithful. Mary, Mother and Model, help me to respond in generous love to the call of your divine Son.
Tuesday is dedicated to the Holy Angels
Called to Work in the Vineyard
We are all called to work in God’s vineyard, which means we are all called to evangelize and cultivate the kingdom of God here on earth. In this Gospel, the landowner continues to go out throughout the day seeking more workers. This is because only a few people are willing to even begin working. As Christ remarks in Luke 10:2, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” May we be assured that this work is our vocation, what we were created by God to accomplish.
Saint John Paul II said, “Since the work that awaits everyone in the vineyard of the Lord is so great, there is no place for idleness. With even greater urgency the ‘householder’ repeats his invitation: ‘You go into the vineyard too’.” 
What work is there to be done?
So few people truly know that Christ has brought salvation to the world. Even worse, there are those that have been taught it, but have either forgotten it or have received poor catechesis. The work to be done is to go to our homes, our work and our communities and proclaim the saving power of Jesus Christ through our words and actions. We are called to work out our salvation with humility and a life of service to the Lord for each other. We have a responsibility and an obligation to do the work of God. One of the five precepts of the Church is “You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church.” This is not a suggestion but an obligation.
What are the needs of the Church?
The Church needs souls willing to imitate Christ and be Christ in the world. The Church needs the faithful to live out their call to holiness by acting in faith, hope and charity, living all the virtues to a heroic degree. “No one who has crossed our path in this life should be able to say that he was not encouraged, by our example and word, to love Christ more. None of our friends, none of our relatives, should be able to say at the end of their lives that they had no one who was concerned about them.” 
 John Paul II, Apostolic Exhortation, Christifideles laivi, December 1988, 3
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