Fr. Sanctus Mario
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The Harvest is Rich. Saturday First Week of Advent



Breakfast With the Word Saturday First Week of Advent


 Matthew 9:35-10:1,5,6-8


 Harvest literally means the time of gathering, reaping and collecting farm of products. Then “Rich” is used to describe something that is abundant. It means there is enough to reap.



God’s harvest is rich means that in God’s vineyard, there is enough work to do. Therefore, there is no limitation. There are enough souls to touch, a lot of lives to change, a lot of souls to console etc. 



In God’s vineyard, there are still many souls that need words of repentance and change. Many people need your prayers. Many of them need encouragement.


Therefore, God’s vineyard needs more of you, it needs even the little thing you can offer. The harvest is rich but the harvest needs workers who are willing to work.


We do not need to envy others. There is someone who needs that small thing you can offer. Therefore, in God’s vineyard, there is enough for everyone. 


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In the Gospel.


In today’s gospel, Jesus made a tour through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom and curing all kinds of diseases and sickness.



 When Jesus sees the crowds he feels sorry for them because they were like people harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest.’



What happens is that, at the time of Jesus, the jews are under Roman domination, and then they pay taxes to Rome. Despite this, most of the tax collectors burden the people with more than the required taxes. 



Secondly, even the Pharisees burden the people with many laws. So, the people look so depressed.


There was hunger, suffering and hardship everywhere, this underscores the reason many of them were following Jesus because they see in Jesus a person who could solve their problems, the messiah to come. And the bible says that when Jesus saw them, He was moved with pity.



First of all, this shows the type of heart Jesus has. When Jesus sees you struggling, do not think He is keeping quiet. When we come to His presence, He will always give us the strength to undergo that difficulty. 



So, when Jesus saw the crowd, he told his disciples “The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest.




 There Is More to Do.



When Jesus says that the harvest is rich, it reveals that there are many things to be done in God’s vineyard.


The problem is not that there is no work. The problem is not that there are limited things we can do.


The real problem is that few people are willing to do this work for God. Few people are willing to do this work from their heart. 

Therefore there are many souls to convert. There is a lot of work waiting for us. Many people are seeking God daily, the question for us today is “are we willing to come out of our shelf and work for God willingly?



There are people around you whose spiritual lives have waned. There are people around you who are suffering and passing through difficulties.


We also have some people who are seriously sick in the hospitals, Many homes are broken, many families are in crisis etc. How are we going to reach out to these souls?



Like what happened in today’s reading. Many souls are hungry for God? Can we make ourselves available and living instruments for God’s use. 

God needs sincere, dedicated and available servants who are willing to touch lives. This is the reason He was addressing His disciples particularly. 




 What We Need to Do.



In the gospel, Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits with the power to cast them out and to cure all kinds of diseases and sicknesses. 



Jesus instructs them as follows: ‘Go rather to the lost sheep of the House of Israel. And as you go, proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.


Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils. You receive without charge, give without charge.’The points here are:



1. Let us always remember that as Jesus sends His disciples to the lost tribe of Israel, He also sends us.


There is a reason you are where you are today, this is the first thing we have to note. God may have allowed you to be born in your family to bring peace, healing and love to them always. But sometimes, instead of doing that, we are doing the opposite. 



 Also, God may have brought you to a place to touch the lives of those around that place, but we are busy seeking what to gain.



Also, God may have sent you to a person as a friend but instead of changing the lives of the person to good, you are leading the soul to damnation. There is a purpose for where you are. That reason is for the salvation of their souls. 



2. Secondly, Jesus says that you receive without charge, therefore, give without charge. In essence, God has blessed us with gifts, talents, strength, wisdom, resources etc.



Our gift back to God is how we use these gifts. It is how we can use these gifts from Him in working for His kingdom.



Therefore, We must not put a price on everything. There must not be something to gain before we work for God. Work for God freely and willingly from your heart.



The Reason God sends You.



In the gospel, Jesus sends the disciples to the lost sheep of the tribe of Israel. 

Therefore, The mission is to the lost. 

Therefore, let us always know that we have the missionary mandate to seek out souls who may have lost faith in God. 




We have the mandate to seek souls that have lost faith because of one problem other another. You are where you are to mend, to bring love, to correct, to bring back souls who went astray and to be God’s instrument to them. 



Secondly, Jesus tells the disciples to cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils.


Therefore, our mission is to save lives and not to destroy them. We have to bring healing to broken hearts through our prayers and words of admonition. Then we have to cleanse the sinners by bringing them to Jesus. 




Finally, Jesus sends them out in pairs. This shows that in this work, we have to help each other. It is not a one man’s work.



Be an encouragement to your brother. It also means that in God’s harvest, there is no need for unhealthy competition. 



There is much work to do. Do not be jealous. Jealousy breeds hatred and unnecessary competition. The Harvest is always plenty. 



Sometimes we forget that there are many things to be done but we spend more time developing jealousy and hatred for the people who are trying to use their gifts.




 Paul took time to explain in 1 Corinthians 12 that though we are one body, there are many gifts quite abundant and enough for everyone and all for the building of the same body in Christ. 



The Harvest belongs to God . It is not ours. We are only mere instruments used by God. 




Therefore, Any position, gift, talent, service we possess were given to us by God. There is no need to compete with anyone. Use what you have for the glory of God.



 To do this, what we need most is the grace of God. Let us always go to the Lord of the harvest to fill us with the graces and strength necessary for the work. He is willing if we are willing.




May He bless you dearest and help us to find what to do and do it with all our hearts. Amen




  1. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says


  2. Emilia Arinze says

    Everlasting God , let us be the light of the world, doing things that will give you glory and honour . Have Mercy my sweet saviour . I pray in Jesus name Amen

    1. Obika Chidimma hi says

      Amen, thanks Fr.

    2. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

      Amen thanks Padre

  3. Chioma Frances Egwuogu says


    1. Golu Chetachukwu Angela says

      Amen . Thanks so much, Padre, for this beautiful reflection. God bless and increase you more in his grace🙏
      I pray that as this word, had been given to us this day, that it’ll never go void without representing that, for which it’s been sent. I ask for the grace to do God’s work wholeheartedly and voluntarily. May we always derive joy and burning zeal in working for God, by making use of our God-given talents, treasures and time in reaching out to our fellow brethren, for the greater glory of God, Amen.

  4. Blessing Chilo says

    Help us oh Lord to work diligently in your vineyard so as to be worthy labourers through christ our Lord Amen

  5. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says

    Amen. Lord Jesus Christ, please help us to identify our gifts and use them positively to the glory of God.

  6. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says

    Amen. Lord Jesus Christ, please help us to identify our gifts and use them positively to the glory of your name.

  7. Okereke Festus says

    Use me Lord as your instrument.

  8. Ijeoma Ugorji says


  9. Mrs Nora Nkoli Anabiri says

    Amennnnnnn. Oh God I pray that You increase my zeal and commitment to serve and worship You faithfully in Jesus mighty name Amen

  10. Ugochukwu Gregory Onochie says

    Thank you father for your word today. May God’s grace always be sufficient for us to do his work, Amen

  11. Joy says


  12. Mercy E Johnny says

    Lord give me the grace to work for You açcording to ur mandate for me with the talents you have given me. Amen

  13. Nwokedike Chinenye says

    Amen and AMEN

  14. Ozoegwu Onyinye Clare Okoro says


  15. Eririogu Fidelia says

    Amen.Thanks padre

  16. ANGELA MADU says

    Amen and Amen
    l pray for His grace, wisdom, knowledge and understanding to work in His vineyard.

  17. Eze Ezinne promise says


  18. Ogwa Oluchi Rose says

    We continue to pray for the strength and grace to do the work of God … Amen

  19. Charlesmary Okonkwo says

    Thanks, Padre. This is mind blowing. I am touched!!!

  20. Agbai ujunwa felicity says

    Thank you Jesus for your words today, I pray you make me an instrument of peace in my immediate environment, give me the grace to always share the gifts I have for the betterment of others…Amen

  21. Lazarus Okoroafor Andrew says

    O Lord please give us the grace to do the things that pleases God, and to live life worthy of emulation. So help us Lord to work tirelessly in your vain yard.

  22. Onuora Judith says

    Lord,lead and direct me to do your will,and my your words bear lasting fruits that I may be the light to lead souls to you. Amen

  23. Onuora Judith says

    Lord,lead and direct me to do your will,and may your words bear lasting fruits that I may be the light to lead souls to you. Amen

  24. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen and Amen. Lord give me the grace to serve You in truth and spirit. Amen

  25. Ezeagu Anuli says

    Amen, Lord help us to be instrument of change, may we be heart menders and not breakers

  26. Onyiam Ogechi says

    Father, may I be able to fulfill my destiny here on Earth and may I be able to one of the Labourers whom you call in your Vineyard for the purpose of the Harvest 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 Amen.

  27. Igwemeka Ebele says

    Lord help us to quickly apply your words to our lives by doing what we can to make others better in Jesus name Amen

  28. Okoro Kingsley Akachukwu says

    Amen. God help me to touch lives too in your work



  30. Regina Mobu says

    Amen! Thank you Father.

  31. Adeline Chidimma says

    Amen and Amen. God help me to the work you assigned to me deligently and the end we may dine with you in your kingdom through Christ Our Lord Amen

  32. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr.

  33. Ogechi Anugwom says

    May Your wisdom and power oh Lordi, strength and boldness to serve You more abide in us I pray Oh Lord , Amen 🙏

  34. Bibiana Uche Unachukwu and family says


  35. Inya Joseph says

    Jealousy breeds hatred so there is no need for unnecessary competitions, instead serve God with what you have.

  36. Helen says

    Amen! Thank you Padre 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  37. Kaycee Omeke says

    Thank You Fr.

  38. Dr Chinwe Agwoile says

    Amen! Thank You Jesus for choosing me as Your instrument to draw people to You. Never allow me to falter. Use me appropriately Lord.

  39. Okeke Chioma Agatha says


  40. Njideka Aniagolu says

    The Spirit is willing but the flesh is so weak is a major problem for me and I pray that God will give me the extraordinary Grace to do his work selflessly through the same Christ our Lord, Amen 🙏🙏

  41. Munachimso onuoha says

    Lord May I never come back to you with unfulfilled purpose, please father give me the grace to do your will in Jesus name I pray amen

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