Sunday, November 25, 2012

Looking ahead

By Father Perry D. Leiker 

"The trouble about man is twofold. He cannot learn truths which are too complicated; he forgets truths which are too simple" (Rebecca West). The simple truth is that we are pieces of creation. To confirm this truth we only need to go outside at night and look at the stars, which people have been doing since the beginning of time.

"Vastness", "infinity", "huge", "incalculable", "impressive", and "awesome" are only some of the words to describe it. And so, God, I/we believe in you. We can never accurately describe you or contain you. Words are insufficient. Our concepts of you attempt to comprehend your majesty.

"King"? Does that say it? For the ancients, the kings were the most powerful persons on the earth.

"King of all creation"? "Eternal king and Lord"? These titles and what they represent are easy to remember. But what we very often forget is just how loved we are. Perhaps we rush to punishment, guilt and condemnation because we often treat one another with these titles.

But the simple acceptance of God’s love is too simple, too difficult, and too wonderful to behold. We can’t comprehend God – clearly, that is too difficult. Even harder is the simple acceptance of his love.

In this wonderful Solemnity of Christ the King, the two come together – the vastness of his majesty and the simplicity of his love.

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

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