Saturday, November 5, 2011

Looking ahead

Nov. 27 begins Advent
and the new church year.
By Perry D. Leiker

We are racing to the end of the year. Here we are already in November. Soon we will be giving thanks in our great religious and civil feast of Thanksgiving. Soon we will be closing our liturgical year with the last Sunday of the church year (Nov. 20): the Solemn Feast of Christ the King.

Nov. 27 begins Advent and the new church year. As we "come to the end" of the year, our liturgical readings keep focusing our attention on the "end of the year" and "the end of time." We hear the great eschatological readings that are asking if we are prepared. They place before us in end of time language the question of our readiness to meet God at the end of our lives and at the end of time. For some this is frightful. For all it should simply be one of the great facts of life and faith. The end will indeed come. We are all in need of being ready. We will face God as we are and as we have been. Are we ready?

A further and very practical issue that we also must face is the fact of our own mortal end of time. Many prefer not to think about it or seek to avoid it at all costs. But our death is unavoidable and it does, indeed, cost! Therefore, during this month of November as a parish we want to provide some information and materials that might help us to think ahead and to be prepared. By putting things in order we (and those we love) can be prepared and perhaps have a deeper experience of peace when the time comes.

When the question is finally asked of us: "Are you prepared?" our answer can be a resounding "Yes!"

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

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