Sunday, June 2, 2013

Looking ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

The bread and wine were blessed. The bread and fish were blessed and distributed. People were nourished. People were satisfied.

Eating and drinking, and blessing and celebrating reach back to the beginnings of both the Jewish and the Christians faiths. Two-thousand years later we gather precisely for this purpose: to bless bread and wine, to eat and drink, and to celebrate and be nourished by the presence and love of Jesus Christ. Jesus instructs us to do this in "remembrance of me" and gives the understanding: "For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes."

It is an action so simple and ordinary, part of everyday life. We come to the table of the Lord to eat and drink of the Lord. We listen to the word, we proclaim the Gospel, we apply it to our living, and then we bless and eat and drink the Eucharistic presence of Jesus Christ. This symbol is so accessible.

Food gives life. Without food we die. Food nourishes, satisfies, and unites us at the meal. Jesus the Christ is to be our food – food for the spirit where hunger and thirst are the deepest and most significant. People can easily satisfy physical hunger.

Spiritual hunger and thirst require the willingness to go deep within, to ask questions, to seek answers, and most of all to open and surrender to our God.

Eat! Drink!  Live!  Love!

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

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