Sunday, August 19, 2012

Looking ahead

By Father Perry D. Leiker

Once again our liturgy invites us to pray Psalm 34: "Taste and see the goodness of the Lord."

Within the context of this repeated refrain the psalmist says even more specifically: "I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears."

In a beautiful liturgical song by Marty Haughen this truth is expressed thus: "Shepherd me O God beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life." Put this way, we profess a faith in our God who leads and guides us all through life and even through death. Every fear, every want, every need, every doubt, in these he wishes to be present and leading and loving us.
Some, however, lament that they cried out to God and he obviously didn't hear their prayers. The healing they sought never came. The job they needed never materialized. The solving of their problem went unresolved. Why? How come? What did I do to deserve or not to deserve this? In the short run things don’t always work out as we want them to.

But aren’t we in this for the long haul? Our race isn't 100 meters; it is the marathon! We seek what we seek and often find something else; often, something more. We begin with one dream and often discover several others along the way that are so much more than we could have ever hoped for.

If we don’t let go of plan "A" we can't be ready for or even notice plan "B." The point is that God does indeed stay with us, shepherding and guiding us all along the way. He never leaves our side. He sees us through to the end "beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life."

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

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