I have noticed that we are celebrating many things, but not the most important one.
As much as I am happy for those who emerge victorious from their sports games, there is something missing. The teams and managers worked hard, and we congratulate them with parades, the cheer, and the celebration, but the way trophies are carried around feels like misplaced worship.
When I see responses to the trophy and the response Jesus gets, it saddens me. We hear in today’s reading about how Jesus was purposefully like us, not a flashy, fancy character looking for attention. Contrast Jesus’s mission to this “trophy worship” and there is a great difference in where our affections are placed.
Do we keep our attentions on Jesus? Are we distracted by the worship-like celebrations around other things?
We pray that our focus be aligned with that of Jesus: humble and inviting.
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!