In the Gospel reading Jesus sends off his disciples to preach the Good News, “The kingdom of God has drawn near to you.” Jesus also gives them the power to heal the sick and to expel demons. He tells them to live on the generosity of the people. The preaching of the Good News needs its messengers, “you must ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers to his harvest.”
In the first reading we hear St. Paul speaking of his helpers and assistants in his preaching the Gospel of Christ. Though the Church is of divine institution, founded by Christ the Son of God, its work continues through the ages through the work and ministry of countless men and women, ordained men, men and women religious and a multitude of generous lay men and women in the parishes and many apostolic works and ministries of the Church. This is the living Church today, watched over by the Holy Spirit, and yet dependent on humans. Let us do our share. Let us pray to the Lord of the harvest to continue to send laborers to his harvest.