Jesus was disliked in his day because the things he said and did unsettled some people or made them angry. Today, once again, Jesus continues to preach, and it still unsettles people. The temptation could be to tune Jesus out or pass over what he has to say.
So many people today find themselves working hard to follow the commandments and Jesus’s teachings, but face opposition and consequently begin to experience personal doubts. This is why prayer is so important … it not only allows us to speak to God, but opens us up to receive tiny messages from him, as Elijah did in the small whispering voice.
How can we try to reach out to others, comfort those who are lonely? Am I myself listening for God’s voice?
In our prayer today, consider lifting up someone we know is feeling lonely, and ask that God may share his voice with them.
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!