Sunday, August 4, 2013

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

But God said to him: "You fool!"

What an unforgettable quote! If it were said to me, I would want it to be forgotten by all.

This quote was directed to one seeking what is vain. The parable ends with the lesson: "Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves but are not rich in what matters to God."

What really does matter in life? What is so lasting that it requires of us constant worry and constant preoccupation? The Bible would say very little deserves that kind of attention — in fact, it is vain!

One of the best and most embarrassing stories remains: "The Emperor's New Clothes." Because of his vanity he was tricked into believing that invisible clothes were being woven for him. The invisible clothes would be the envy of everyone. All would want their own pair of such clothes. He would be famous. He would be looked at. His story would be told again and again. All that was true. His invisible clothes were, in reality, no clothes. He was naked. He was a laughing stock. His vanity made a mockery out of him.

What are the things of God? What should we be seeking and attempting to find in our lives? These are the questions offered to us by a God who is not vain, but rather, filled with meaning and ultimate significance that gives life.

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

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