"I am concerned about you and the way you are being treated in Egypt." God spoke those words to Moses, and those words must have brought comfort to Moses as he struggled to respond to the needs of his people; who were at the time, being oppressed in Egypt.
Jesus spoke similar words in the gospel when he said, "Come to me all you who are weary, and I will give you rest."
God the Father who reached out to the Egyptians, and Jesus who reached out to the peoples of his day, are doing the same for us today.
Lives today in many parts of our world are no less burdensome than they were for our ancestors in the faith. The fears, the sorrow, the illnesses, uncertainty! The anxiety, the sadness, the depression - were relenting then and are relenting today.
Problems did not disappear then, nor do they disappear today. It is comforting to know that we are not alone in our struggles, that God is concerned about us.
Jesus did not come among us to take away pain and suffering, but to fill it with His presence.
The laws from God offer us direction, assurance, and community. It is comforting to hear Jesus tell us that He can refresh souls, and ease and lighten our burdens. The laws that God sets before us? They serve to free us!
In every age God has been our refuge. In every age God has relied on men and women to make Him known.
Moses was given that responsibility. Today we are asked to take up the Cross.
Not the Cross of pain and burden; rather the Cross of comfort and forgiveness that comes from Jesus. We are being asked to be concern ourselves with the ill treatment of our brothers and sisters across the world.
We are to work to fill others with the presences of Christ. That presence is found in each one of us as we pray, and in our families who pray together.
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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!