Sunday, September 25, 2011

Looking ahead

In life, when sickness, tragedy and
even death come to us, God's
will can be found even there.
(Credit: ivarfjeld.wordpress.com)
By Father Perry D. Leiker

"Doing the will of the Father" is clearly what our lives are about as Christians.

God’s daily invitations to us are our opportunities to hear his voice, walk in his love, discover his grace, and produce abundant fruit. The interesting thing is that very often, at least at first sight, his will seems completely contrary to our own. It is very often that trials and tribulations, sickness and suffering, frustration and failure are the very places where we discover that God is very present and "willing us" to more abundant life.

God never wills or wishes evil upon us. Most is man and/or woman made. Clearly, wars and financial woes are the result of selfishness and greed. Even natural disasters and global issues often are the result of our bad choices as nations or as a global community. It is God's will for us that we live as brothers and sisters. It is God's will for us that we help one another. It is God's will for us that we live justly; that is, everyone has the right and an opportunity to work, to make a living, to eat, to clothe and house their family. God's will for us gives life — it doesn’t take it.

In life, when sickness, tragedy and even death come to us, God's will can be found even there. Then he wills us to come home to him and find rest. For those that remain, he wills us to comfort one another and support one another as brothers and sisters — with love! Jesus teaches us that "words" are not enough.

Saying "yes" and not doing is not enough.

Father Perry D. Leiker is St. Bernard parish administrator. Reach him at (323) 255-6142, Ext. 112.

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