Sunday, November 17, 2013

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

"All that you see here — the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down."

Jesus speaks the prophetic words of Jeremiah, Isaiah and Ezekiel – before the temple was destroyed. Luke writes these prophetic utterances that come true: the temple was indeed destroyed, and not one stone was left upon another. In fact, all of the destruction and suffering was a preview of what was to come in Jerusalem and all of his struggles with the Pharisees and others who sought to trap him and destroy him come to the final struggle on the hill on which he was crucified.

It was what it was. It had to be. It is the obvious consequence of sin. It is what always happens when people get out of sync with God and do not live in harmony within themselves and with others. It is the exact opposite of the two great commandments (really, three): "Love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength; love your neighbor as you love yourself."

Today's scriptures foretell the same Christ reality, but in cosmic proportions. The end will come, and all things will fall apart and come together in God. That is, and will be, the ultimate dying and rising, and the glory of God will be revealed.

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

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