Sunday, July 28, 2013

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker 
By Father Perry D. Leiker

In every religion there is a deep truth rooted in the idea of letting go. At first sight it is very frightening and most people don’t want to do it or don’t know how to do it and will resist it as long as they can. But letting go also suggests, especially in the arena of faith, that we are able to fall into the hands of another.

It is very much like at the scene of a fire when the firefighters are calling out to us to jump into the net. The building is burning. There is no escape. If we don’t jump, we shall surely die. Letting go and falling into hands and/or nets that rescue us is the message.

Abraham let go of pride, fear, and security to present to God his concerns and hopes with the confidence that he was, indeed, falling into the hand of God.

Paul’s letter to the Colossians proclaims that only through the death of baptism (clearly, a letting go) can we ever hope to experience the resurrection and new life to follow.

And what could be more frightening than to risk asking, seeking, and knocking? What if there is no answer? What if we don’t find anything? What if no one opens the door? Letting go is not only the first step, but it is the only way we can hope to discover God in the depth of our spirit.

What obstacles within us prevent us from letting go? What fears keep us from trusting fully? What steps can we identify that help us to jump?

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

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