Within a literal hand-reach are sausage and peppers, rice balls, eggplant parm and all of the delicious pastries that are only matched by celebrating Italian faces.
And so it was growing up in the New York City area at the Feast of San Gennaro in Manhattan. Lately, I’ve gorged at Saint Anthony’s Feast in the famed North End of Boston.
But the biggest surprise was the electricity in General Electric’s headquarters of Schenectady when its Little Italy was packed with hearty hand-reach visitors. The gentrification of this town is amazing when you consider how the city suffered decades of “agita” (Italian for heartburn) after G.E. went sun-belt shopping.
PORTAL TO HEAVEN: Gentrication of any degree within towns and cities is a metaphor for the reclamation of a soul by God. Even if we have bad “sections” of our hearts, it can be restored by asking The Great Gentrifier in.
For God so loved the world that He sent His only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 RJL