We have all heard it before, but what makes it so hard to follow?
I read a piece in the newspaper this week by the niece of an elderly woman who had recently died. The woman had immigrated to the United States from Italy just before the beginning of World War II, her English was not very good and she knew little about what her new life would bring. At the woman’s funeral, some family members were commenting on the presiding priest, who was a foreigner.
The niece reminded her family in this open letter of the circumstances so many come from, seeking new opportunities, better life, or to flee violence. So many people today face the same challenges, but are not treated the way we ourselves would like to be treated, as Jesus speaks today. We must honor our fellow travelers who have entered the gate that leads to life.
Do we truly treat others the same as we would like to be treated?
As we gather for prayer today, let us ask God’s help with how to be more mindful of doing for others what has been done for us.
About Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C.
Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C. is Chaplain at the Father Peyton Center in Easton, MA. Before coming to Holy Cross Family Ministries he served as a teacher and a parish priest. He also served for six years as a General Assistant of the Congregation in Rome, Italy. Originally from Fall River, MA, Father Leo grew up with eight siblings. Gifted with several languages, he is able to serve the Brazilian, Cape Verdean, Portuguese, Spanish and Haitian communities. When he's not greeting everyone who comes to the Father Peyton Center, you can find him regularly reading newspapers!