Take a few moments to be still within. Breathe deeply and be filled with the mystery of God's presence.
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."
This passage from the Gospel of Matthew illustrates Jesus' ability to recognize need in others and to show compassion. The needs of God's people are so great. Daily we hear stories of illness, unemployment, family struggles, political unrest, discrimination, poverty, war, and natural disasters. Certainly we cannot act on each need. But if we use the gifts and abilities that God has given us to respond as best we can to the needs we see, then we live Jesus' message of compassion. That is the Body of Christ at work in the world.
Where have I recently recognized need in the world?
How have I been moved to respond?
Speak to God, using this prayer or a prayer of your own. God, help me recognize my gifts, that I may respond with compassionate service to those in need.