Sunday, October 28, 2012

Looking ahead

By Father Perry D. Leiker 

"What do you want me to do for you?" These are such familiar words so often falling from the lips of Jesus that also speak so clearly of his Godlikeness "like Father, like Son."

The same words or ideas are spoken by God through his prophets and servants and realized for God's people all throughout the scriptures and down through the ages: "The Lord has delivered his people"; "I will gather them from the ends of the world"; "I will console them and guide them"; “I am a father to Israel"; "No one takes this honor upon himself but only when called by God."

The psalmist sings aloud what is felt by all: "The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy." So when Jesus asks the blind man, "What do you want me to do for you?" we see God intervening through Jesus into the weakness and struggles of an ordinary man. A blind man cries out for God to show him mercy — and he does!

It is likely that many a blind person, or one suffering some other malady, never got the opportunity to ask for Jesus' help or didn’t have enough faith to do so. We may never receive the miraculous restoration of eyesight or the ability to walk again, but the things deep within the spirit remain the most important. We may be physically blind, but through our faith and God’s mercy, perhaps it is the inner sight that matters most of all and helps us to see with an even finer precision.

"What do you want?"

"What do I want?"

To these questions we will most assuredly discover God’s mercy and love alive and well in us.

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

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