DON BOSCO DAY BY DAY
THE HARVEST IS GREAT (1)
One day our Divine Savior was walking through the countryside in the neighborhood of Samaria. Gazing about Him at the plains and valleys and seeing a bountiful harvest, He pointed it out to His apostles that they too might enjoy the sight. Soon, however, they noticed that there was no one to harvest it. Turning to the apostles and certainly alluding to something far more sublime, Jesus said to them, “the harvest is great but laborers are scarce.”
Throughout the centuries the Church and people of all nations have reechoed this anguished cry.
You quickly grasp that by fields and vineyards our Divine Savior meant the Church and all mankind and that the harvest He had in mind was the soul to be gathered into His granary. How abundant a harvest this is! Millions of souls live on this earth and vast is the work which remains if everyone is to be saved. But the workers are few—not just priests, but all those who in one way or another work for the salvation of souls. Certainly, priests are more directly involved in harvesting souls, but they are not alone, nor are there enough of them. All those who work for the salvation of souls are called apostolic laborers just as all who help in harvesting are themselves harvesters.
See how many kinds of laborers we need to work a field. Some plow, other clear the ground, break up clods, rake the soil, sow seeds and cover them wit) earth. Then a dozen other tasks have to be done before the wheat is finally harvested and stored!
The Church, too, needs all kinds of laborers, and I mean all kinds. No on can ever say, ‘My conduct is blameless, but I would never be any good working for God’s greater glory.” Don’t think that way, because everyone can do his share.
A priest must have help, and I believe I am not wrong in saying that all of you here present—priests, students, artisans, and coadjutors—can become true evangelical laborers in the Lord’s vineyard. (BM XII, 459)
1. There is so much to be done.
2. The workers—committed people—are few.
3. Everyone can do his share. I must help people to find their niche it the apostolic field.