Sunday, September 16, 2012

Looking ahead

By Father Perry D. Leiker

The church celebrates Catechetical Sunday today, Sept. 16, focusing on the theme "Catechists and Teachers as Agents of the New Evangelization." Those whom the community has designated to serve as catechists are called forth to be commissioned in ministry.

Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith.

All of the Word today focuses on our encounters with God: "the Lord God opens my ear that I may hear" (Isaiah); "I love the Lord because he has heard my voice in supplication, because he has inclined his ear to me the day I called" (Psalm 114); "What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?" (James); "Who do you say that I am?" (Mark).

The intimacy of a God who speaks to us, listens to us "inclines his ear to us" all speak of a God desiring encounters of love and faith with us.

On this Catechetical Sunday we ask the warmest and richest of blessings upon the members of our faith community who long to share this God and his Word with our youth and adults. This is baptism fully and wondrously alive in us.

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

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