So what does it take to be a Jonah for the world? A Jonah is someone who inspires others to take a leap of faith.
Directly called by God and not initially enthusiastic about it, Jonah went on to convert a whole nation. Who are the people that continue to spread the goodness of faith? Who are the people that consistently pray for their relatives and friends to find God again? These are the Jonah’s of the world today.
When you have time with your family tonight, gather together to talk about what it means to be a Jonah for the world. Think about the people who have gently guided each of you on your own spiritual journeys. Have this song, Turn to Me, quietly playing in the background as you think about this question: How do you inspire others to take a leap of faith with tenderness and mercy?
We are all called to be great Jonah’s, especially during this Lenten season. Call your family members and friends back to the church and remind them God does not turn away a humble and sorrowful heart. God bless each of you.
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!