Sunday, July 15, 2012

Looking ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker

Have you ever gotten some "good news" that was so good you could not rest until you shared it with everyone in your life who was important to you? So good, you even had to tell the neighbors? So good, you even shared it with people you didn’t like?

Today the prophet Amos makes it quite clear that God has called and sent him to "tell a message" not that he wants to share, but one that he has to share. Among the many things that the letter to the Ephesians has to tell us, one stands out: "In him we have redemption by his blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us."

In the Gospel, Jesus sends the Twelve out to preach repentance. And the message was everything! They were to take nothing with them on the journey except a walking stick — nothing else.

We are disciples of the same message. We are called and sent and anointed to tell the "good news" and to have our eyes fixed on the vision of Jesus. Does the message of Jesus strike a real chord inside us? Are we moved to want to share this good news with others? Does the message grow clearer, stronger, and more power filled each year?

It is, perhaps, not a question of ourselves having good news, but rather, good news having us!

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

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