Matthew 9:35-38 NIV
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Reading the Sermon of the Mount over the last couple of days I was reminded how Jesus calls us not to dehumanise people by how we see them and treat them. Here he demonstrates this not with individuals but with the crowd – how often do we see the crowd as something to be feared or controlled or as a nameless sea of faces? Jesus, however, sees them and has compassion on them, longing to help then and lead them.
Lord send workers to reach out to the crowds with your love, maybe even send me?….
Today’s NT in a Season readings: Mt. 7-9