Sunday, October 7, 2012

Looking ahead

By Father Perry D. Leiker 

Many little truths are taught in the scriptures today that ought to enhance our appreciation of God, self and others.

The second creation story from Genesis believed to be the older of the two creation stories puts forth a very simple and lovely reason for the mating of a man and woman. "The Lord God said: 'It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him.'"

This simple truth speaks volumes about our belief in a caring, compassionate and sensitive God who "worries" about the loneliness of man and woman and takes care that he or she would not be alone. He even creates one like the other, one drawn from and toward the other. Such a fine fit it is, the author explains (to the dismay of many a mother): "That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one flesh."

The other truth mentioned seems less spectacular but is really much more profound. Mark's Gospel tells us that it is God who brings two people together and God who makes two become one. This mystery for that is what it truly is makes marriage holy, sacred, from God and through God. It is no surprise that in the marriage ceremony the rings are given with the words: "take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." It is in God’s name that two are bound together.

We can do so many things in life without ever seeing God's part in them, but in the finding and falling in love and binding of lives together. God is so at the center of it all. This is part of the great mystery of love from which new life and family springs forth and brings fruitful blessing in abundance.

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

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