|Father Perry D. Leiker|
Jesus, it seems, had a plan. Doesn’t everyone? I mean, if you want something good to come from all of your work and dreams, don’t you develop a plan that will make it all come about?
So he said he had to leave them; he would send his Spirit who would teach them everything and guide them. There it is. This was his plan. He would put everything into their hands. He would entrust his preaching and teaching of the kingdom to them. Surely, in their hands, it would do so much better. It did, somehow, lead to his death. But, no matter. And there is no doubt if he stayed forever they would never take the challenge of ministry seriously, but always rely on the master.
That could not be. Rather, he would call for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and gifts to fill them, to fulfill them, to bless everything about them and the ministry that they would do. In this way, they would begin to understand differently, live and love differently, feel, and give and forgive differently.
Jesus had to go away so that the Spirit could come, the disciples would go forth, faith would grow and blossom, and — with the Spirit's help — "fill the face of the earth."
Father Perry D. Leiker is St. Bernard parish administrator. Reach him at (323) 255-6142, Ext. 112, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.