Make Me A Skilled Laborer

Monday, July 07, 2008

MATTHEW 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."


I just sat for my oncology (the study of cancers) exam this morning and attended what we in the College of Medicine call the feedback session wherein the answers to the exam questions are announced. While I was keeping track of the correct and wrong choices I answered in the test, it just occurred to me that I am just a number of points shy of passing the exam. I am still hoping though, that my answers in the bonus questions would enable me to pass nonetheless. Please pray for me, I still have a lot to learn.

I figured that if I am called by the Master, I must be skilled first. How can I be a good doctor if I keep on failing my exams? How can I answer God's call generously if I am to only fail Him because of my incapacities?

Help me to strive to be more, Lord. Help me to strive for Magis.


Saint Ignatius of Loyola and Saint Jean Marie Vianney, pray for us.


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