Sunday, March 31, 2013

Looking Ahead

By Father Perry D. Leiker

"He saw and believed."

These four words describe the simple moment of faith unencumbered by philosophical reasoning or proofs. Nothing was stated. Nothing was explained. Nothing was logically figured out. There was a simple experience — seeing and believing. That was enough.

But that was not all that was seen. He saw a man and teacher he loved arrested, accused, condemned, stripped, scourged, insulted, berated, forced to carry a cross, nailed to it, and lifted up to die. He saw a "short in time but slow in agony" death. He saw grief in the eyes of a mother. He saw despair in the faces of friends and fellow disciples. He saw rage, anger and hatred in the faces of a mob. He saw faith and wonder in the eyes of some. He saw dreams unravel and hopes dashed. But he walked into an empty tomb — "He saw and believed." It was simple. It was direct. It was of the spirit. It was truth. It was the only explanation. It was what made sense out of non-sense. It was what was!

He has been raised up! He is not here! Death could not hold him! He has overcome sin and death! He is alive! He is the Lord! Alleluia!

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

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