How Are YOU Doing?

Hos 8:4-7, 11-13 / Mt 9:32-38

Good help is hard to find. It’s always been so, and we need only listen to our own conversations to verify it. In the course of any week, a lot of us will have rendered judgment on the inadequacies of gardeners, politicians, grocery store clerks, teachers, preachers, and host of other available targets. And almost certainly those very people are equally busy casting aspersions on the performances of their own list of targets, which may well include us.

One really does have to ask, if all the critics have such clean hands, how can there be so many who are deserving of criticism?! The answer, of course, is that there are no perfectly clean hands! None of us is entirely living up to the life’s work God has assigned to us via the unique shape of our gifts. As Jesus said in today’s gospel, “The harvest is great, but the laborers are few.”

By virtue of both our giftedness and our baptism, every one of us is called in a unique way to help those around us to thrive and to come to life ever more fully. It’s the ultimate criterion of our success or failure as human beings.

And that brings us to today’s question: How are you doing?