Sunday, July 1, 2012

Looking ahead

By Father Perry D. Leiker

A child is dead. A woman is suffering from a constant hemorrhage of 12 years and now is penniless. Jesus appears on the scene and is about to open the eyes of all to faith and hope. Just to touch Jesus is enough! Or is it the other way around?

To be touched by Jesus is enough to bring one back to life, enough to heal an incurable wound of life, enough to quiet the fears and pains of loss by bringing peace and restoring hope. Mark presents us, in today’s Gospel, with a Jesus who draws people who are hopeless to the one who is hope. Just to be touched by him brings healing and hope to all.
How and when has Jesus touched my life? What is it like to long for the touch and healing of Jesus in my life? How do I offer to others the compassion and healing love of Jesus in and through my compassion and love. How am I instrument? This touch of Jesus is contagious. It can be shared and given by us and through us.

Paul is right – we are the body of Christ!

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

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