Sunday, May 5, 2013

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

How does one know when God is truly guiding them or inspiring them?

Perhaps there is no simple answer to this question. But if we pay special attention to the readings from today's liturgy, we can see several dispositions showing signs and evidence of God doing so.

"It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities." This innocent little phrase suggests a God whose spirit leads us toward unity, peace, acceptance, and non-burdensome behaviors.

"The angel took me in spirit to a great, high mountain." Once again, this Spirit of God is one who so easily and readily takes us to the heights and depths to show us the truths that are really important. It is there that God teaches, guides and loves us into new realities.

Jesus speaks so affectionately to his disciples and of his relationship with his Father: "Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him." That’s the promise.

Some people have asked the question about how you can tell if a relationship is rooted in love or not. This is often asked when a relationship is filled with fighting and stress. The answer often given: "If it’s love, it shouldn’t be so difficult."

When God is dwelling within us, everything is different. "God is love; he who lives in love lives in God and God in him." Jesus prepared his disciples well before he departed: "My Spirit will teach you, guide you, and you will know that God is within you."

How does one know when God is truly guiding them or inspiring them? It should be obvious, clear and evident, and one should know peace.

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

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