Where are the laborers?


While TheAmChurch train of scandal continues down the tracks and others write very candidly about the crisis in the Church, one might wonder where the laborers are whom the Lord has sent forth into the harvest?

Wouldn’t you know St Gregory the Great, pope, grieved that there were so few laborers for so great a harvest and spoke with a heavy heart wondering the same thing in his day,

…although there are many to hear the good news there are only a few to preach it.


Look about you and see how full the world is of priests, yet in God’s harvest a laborer is rarely to be found;

for although we have accepted the priestly office,

we do not fulfill it’s demands.

Who says the saints don’t speak to us in our day?

Pray, he says, that the Lord of the harvest will send out those laborers on our behalf, that their tongues ~

may not grow weary of exhortation, and after we have accepted the office of preaching,

our silence may not condemn us before the just judge.

Though he fell into it …unwillingly, he was greatly discouraged at something else regarding the life of shepherds and not wanting to seem unjust accused himself of the very same thing ~

…compelled as he was by the urgency of these barbarous times.

The problem, he said, was an absorption in external affairs; that despite “accepting the duties of the office,”

…by our actions we show that we are attentive to other things.

We abandon the ministry of preaching and, in my opinion are called bishops to our detriment,


for we retain the honorable office but fail to practice the virtues proper to it.


Those who have been entrusted to us abandon God, and we are silent.

They fall into sin, and we do not extend a hand of rebuke.

I read this while in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, wondering if I was dizzy from the flu shot I had to get or because I couldn’t believe how precise the Office of Readings have recently been to the need of our times.

And I took from it a few guidelines for myself:

  1. pray for our priests and bishops
  2. beg the Lord to send out laborers for His Harvest who will not be silent
  3. trust in the Lord at all times
  4. realize that by our baptism, we are laborers in the harvest as well


How “wrapped up” am I in worldly affairs? Am I so devoted to external things, that I become more insensitive in spirit?

Compelled by the urgency of our times, we each have a ministry to perform in our particular vocation, for we are His laborers too.  This isn’t the time to be silent. It’s the time to abandon ourselves to God and proclaim Him to the lost world, especially to those of our own household who have been entrusted to us.

I am your servant, give me knowledge;

then I shall know Your will.

It’s time for the Lord to act

for Your law has been broken.

— Pslam 119: 125-126




  •  Office of Readings Saturday, 27th Week in Ordinary Time from a homily on the gospels, by St Gregory the Great, pope


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