Sunday, September 29, 2013

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

The chasms — distances and separations — we build are deep and wide and, indeed, eternal.

Is it possible in the same city, and even on the same block or same family, that someone could eat the best of foods while another literally starves to death? Could it ever be that one could have so much and the other nothing at all? Do such distances of awareness and caring actually exist on the planet that we share? If they do exist, how do they get there? How do they persist? Can we change them?

Jesus notices the differences between those who have and who do not have. He also notices that when these distances occur in life they usually cause suffering. He further notices that we have the power to do something to change that suffering.

Then come the chasms that we create between us. These can be deep. These can be wide. These can be eternal. Therefore, Jesus calls upon us to cross over them now while we can. Jesus calls upon us to see and acknowledge them "before it is too late."

Jesus is inviting us to become builders of bridges rather than builders of chasms.

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

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