Sunday, August 11, 2013

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker 

"Be ready!"

Readiness is one of the attitudes or attributes or spiritual postures that is most needed if one is to discover God’s presence and his kingdom now. Any minute that we are not ready or prepared we have already missed another moment of God’s presence or kingdom in our midst.

Jesus didn’t seemed to be interested in tomorrow or even later today. He spoke about the now and the in-your-midst. He is the ancient voice and version of the modern message of our present day psychologists: "'Stay in the present moment."

Can we really ever go back to the past? We can only reflect in the past to attempt to understand what happened. Can we really live in the future? We can only imagine into the future to attempt to grasp what might be.

Jesus says: “Stay put.” It is now that he surprises us. It is now that he gives us life. It is now that he comes into our midst, into our hearts, into our lives. We need to be ready.

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

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