Sunday, January 20, 2013

Looking ahead

By Father Perry D. Leiker

Mary appears in John's Gospel just two times: at the foot of the cross, and at the feast of Cana.

At Cana, Jesus states that "his hour" had not yet come. The hour, of course, refers to his death and resurrection. In the final chapters, Mary stands by the cross, the hour having been mentioned many times throughout the Gospel.

We understand the reference: Any moment in life could be considered "the hour," whether it is positive or negative. It could be the hour when someone proposed to us. It could be the hour when we were promoted to the highest level of recognition in our life. It could be the hour when our child was born. It could be the hour when the jury says, "Not guilty!"

But for Jesus, "the "hour was more than just an hour, more than a single incident, more than some words of recognition. The hour of his death was what his whole life and ministry was about and the most significant act of his life. Every word he had preached, every utterance about the kingdom of God, became realized and fulfilled in the hour. Jesus' death and resurrection would fully proclaim his kingdom of love and forgiveness that we have been invited to discover and to live.

In Jesus case he walked the talk. What he preached and what he did were one in the same. There was no difference. He lived his word. His hour is our hour. His is the hour that has changed all of human history forever.

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

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