Saturday, March 24, 2012

Looking ahead

 By Father Perry D. Leiker

As we prepare to celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are confronted with the call and necessity to experience our own death and resurrection interiorly.

The Gospel calls us to complete transformation — the seed must go into the ground and die if it is to produce much fruit. Even the Gospel for Cycle A used for the Masses with the elect (RCIA) this weekend focuses on death and rising from death in the story of Lazarus. Empty tombs seem to be the order of the day. Death will have no more power over us. With Paul we can ask: "Oh death, where is your sting? Oh grave, where is your victory?"

We are called to embrace the process of dying within so that new life may emerge. This, of course, goes far beyond Good Friday and Easter Sunday. We are a paschal people who embrace this not on just a couple of days, but as a way of life. Further, we are to model it so that others may discover the power of the cross, the death and the resurrection in their daily living.

Liturgically and spiritually, as church, we come to these holiest of days to find the fullness of life. Come to these sacred and powerful liturgies. Make us of the sacraments these days, especially reconciliation — confession. Let healing, renewal, emptying of our inner tombs, be the order of our day.

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

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