Today, a rich man reminds us what it means to be compassionate.
Hopefully as we set out and begin our Advent adventure we will not tire too early, but retain the enthusiasm of the Scriptures today. They speak of rejoicing as we go to the house of the Lord or climbing a mountain in search of God, so that we may live according to his will.
Jesus encouraged his followers to be watchful and alert, not to be distracted and miss the Wonder of it all. The centurion from today’s gospel has embraced the kind of compassion that Jesus practiced and preached, a compassion without distinction. It is a lesson for all of us to resist the temptation to regard the life or well-being of another as less precious than our own.
How can we be more compassionate toward those who are less fortunate than we are? Do I think of others as my brothers and sisters, and have compassion for their well-being?
I pray today we see others as our brothers and sisters in Christ, deserving of our attention and care. Lord, bless them today.
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!