There’s a lot to consider in this long passage we get from our Gospel text today. First, there’s the time of year we receive it, what the church has decided to name Ordinary Time again. Ordinary in the sense that it goes through the numbers of weeks after Pentecost, not ordinary in the sense of your ordinary dishes. The color of this season is green, which may have come about to signify growth—growth in discipleship, growth in faith. So, we receive this text from Matthew which comes in the first half of the book, just as the disciples are learning how to be disciples to Jesus. They are following a man who does the impossible, a man burning with a fire they’ve never seen or felt. This is a passage that both tells the story of Jesus and his disciples, but also speaks to the situation of church in Matthew’s time: a world full of evil and pain, a community under threat of expulsion and arrest. It’s a little hint that even though the world changed with the Resurrection, the world didn’t change at all. Even though Jesus was raised, the harvest still waits, and the laborers still are few.