I watched a movie about a young woman who found her religious observance to be very restricting and not life-giving. I subsequently watched several other movies about this very conservative religious group. In each the theme was the same, a desire to seek a freedom or a way of life that was more life-giving.
As I watched these movies, I came to see the main characters as all those people who are considered insignificant and discredited who live among us today. It has taken this pandemic for many of us to realize how people, thought to be insignificant to our very survival, are very significant.
We heard today how Stephen, filled with grace and power, was preaching a message that was life-giving. He was stirring up the people by his wisdom and the Spirit.
It is good for us to come together during this Mass to reflect on the Scriptures, and to remember the people of our world who continue to seek to be alive. It is what God has called each one of us to be, to be able to achieve the fullest possible use of the gifts and talents that God has entrusted to every living person.
In His exchange with His disciples in the Gospel today, Jesus questioned their motivation for following him. There may have been some ambiguity in why they were following him. Instead they asked Jesus what they could do to accomplish the works of God.
In our prayer today, alone or with our family, consider asking Jesus the question his disciples asked, what might we do to accomplish the works of God?
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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!