"The One Who Sent Me is with Me" - Family Reflection Video
I had finished celebrating Mass and was about to exit the church when a parishioner approached me and said “Father my mother is a celebrity, she had her picture taken with the governor while getting her COVID vaccine. I’m sure the next time she sees you she will show you the picture that appeared in the newspaper."
Her mother had proof, unlike Jesus who had to prove Himself to the Jews in the Scriptures, but they were not convinced. He tried to explain Himself, but the explanation fell on deaf ears. You could almost imagine what they thought when Jesus said His hour had come, or that a seed must die before it produces fruit - or when He said when I am lifted up, I will draw all to myself. Maybe this last comment resonated for some familiar with how Moses was able to quiet the rebellion of God’s people by raising up a serpent on a pole.
Unlike those doubters who confronted Jesus, you and I are privileged to have seen and heard about Christ’s death and resurrection. We heard how in facing death Jesus uttered loud cries and tears to the one who could save Him from death. We have had our moments when we were genuinely moved by our faith, but still retain moments of uncertainty and doubt.
As I write these few lines, I recall an instance early on in my priesthood when after weekly visits to a homebound parishioner, who even with faith and belief, on her death bed she despaired and feared passage to the next life.
If only she could have believed that she, like Jesus, was in the dark night, freefalling but not alone because Jesus trusted that someone, his Father, would catch Him before He hit the ground.
Tears and doubts surface within many of us from time to time. Like Jesus in the gospel this past Sunday we too will encounter moments when we are not in control of our lives or free from pain. Like Jesus there will be moments in prayer when we experience loud cries and tears.
It is during those moments that prayer is so crucial. Prayer invites us to keep our eyes focused upwards. That is what we saw Jesus doing. He entered the underworld of his own fears and doubts with his hand safely inside his Father’s hand.
His advice to us as we face our own fears and doubts can be found in John Chapter 8, verse 29:
“The one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do what is pleasing to Him.”
- Father Leo's inspirational homily was recorded live this morning during Mass at the Father Peyton Center. Please view the video on our Facebook page. (You don't need a Facebook account to view.)
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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!