Sunday, July 7, 2013

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

“The kingdom of God is at hand” and “Rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

When Jesus gives us good news, he gives us really good news. Imagine such a promise: “Your names are written in heaven.” It is clear throughout the Gospels that Jesus was never really preaching about the future. Everything was now, urgent, listen, be prepared, be alert. Even when Jesus spoke about “end times” he was really only concerned that the listener would see everything in terms of the present moment.

Psychologists tell us that most people live their lives in the past or the future. People worry about what will be and fret over what has already happened. To stay present in the very moment is difficult. Most don’t do it very often or very well. To be open to the present, and to discover the gifts of the present moment, was the focus of Jesus’ preaching in almost every case.

Jesus also had a remarkable way of bringing a person deeply and profoundly in touch with the present moment: “What do you want?” Does it get any more present than that?

How present are we? How willing are we to open up to the present moment and be open to the presence of God in the present moment?

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

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