Monday, February 27, 2012

Looking ahead

By Father Perry D. Leiker

Promise, covenant, cleansing, sign, resurrection, proclamation, Kingdom of God, Gospel. These are the many words that stand out and stand together in a kind of seamless garment of hope and new life.

This is Lent! This is that holy time of year when all kinds of new things can happen. People actually turn away from sin. People actually change their lives. People actually are baptized into new life. People actually discover a world of grace and love.

Our churches, draped in purple, call us into a season of renewal. We are to identify what needs to change within us. We are, like Jesus, to go into the desert alone and undistracted to find our truest self and cut away the things that do not matter. We mark ourselves with ashes to remind ourselves that we will die; there is both the mortal and immortal that must be attended to in our lives.

Welcome to Lent. Welcome to a time of hope and change. Welcome to a journey of faith and life.

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

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