Sunday, October 6, 2013

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

A true servant "knows his or her place." In the parable today, Jesus states it this way: "When you have done all you have been commanded, say: 'We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.'" In that, there is a certain nobility. A good servant knows that he or she is, in fact, a servant. Serving is what a servant does. The servant is not less a person, but the servant knows their place.

The great truth being told today is that all are servants – both rich and poor alike. All persons were created by God. They have not earned it by themselves. No one brought themselves into existence, but they clearly are a creation of God. Therefore, no matter what class, position, office or identity a person has, they are the same in God's eyes.

Much of the violence and destruction in the world comes about precisely for that reason. People truly do bring it upon themselves and upon others, and they forget this simple, yet profound, truth. The only society or community that continues to move forward, upward and onward is one that understands true service to others. From service will come: love, caring, compassion – the binding of wounds. Without it comes the long list of sins so often remembered in the scriptures: hatred, division, prejudice, slavery of all sorts, killing of the innocent, and injustice of every type and form.

Imagine "needing" Respect Life Sunday and Respect Life Month. I guess we don’t yet really "know our place."

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

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