Sunday, June 24, 2012

Lookng ahead

By Father Perry D. Leiker

"To know one's purpose in life" is for many, if not most, one of the most difficult things to discern.

Assessing one's gifts, linking them up to "what I want to do", oftentimes simply escapes a person's mind. Many youth struggle with this "existential" question that goes to the very "purpose of life." In fact, many struggle throughout their college years, or even receive their degrees, with this question lingering deep in their heart — unanswered.

But this was not so with John the Baptist. He knew who he was. He knew what God wanted him to do. He knew his purpose and understood clearly how it fit into God's purpose. He was at peace with his life and everyone felt it. He not only did not seem to question it, rather, he seemed to glory in it. With peace, conviction, inner-strength and with joy he proclaimed to all that salvation was near. He recognized the Christ and announced to "all the world" the need for repentance and getting ready to make way for the Lord. His birth was filled with grace and with God's loving presence. Everything about his birth had a miraculous sense about it according to the scriptures.

"To know one's purpose in life" is indeed a wonderful thing. To discover that God not only "loves me" but also has great designs on how I can bring about his goodness and be an instrument of his love is not only wonderful, but also fulfilling in the deepest and truest sense.

To know that God has known me from the womb, called me, has designs for my life, and sends me forth in his grace, is truly discovering my purpose in life!

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

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