Sunday, December 15, 2013

Looking Ahead: 'Go and tell John what you see and hear'

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

Jesus said: “Go and tell John what you see and hear.”

The promises of old were being fulfilled. “The blind regain their sigth ... the deaf hear ... the mute speak ... the lame walk ... lepers are cleansed ... the dead are raised.”

This was an amazing time. John asked for it to be verified, and Jesus gave voice, witness and testimony that it all was true. Everything we hear proclaimed about the time leading up to the birth of Jesus and the testimony of his life and ministry tell of a time of great spiritual energy. Miraculous and ordinary became intertwined. The promise of ages became a reality in the present – in the now.

It seems impossible that anyone could have entertained doubts or could have become weak in their faith. What had they just experienced with the Lord? Was it remarkable and like nothing that had ever been before? Then how and why could people give up, give in, let go? Paul tells us what people of faith have always been told and will probably always have to be told: “Be patient ... make your hearts firm ... do not complain ... do not judge.”

To put it simply: such wonderful spiritual truth can excite us one moment; and how easily we can succumb to doubts, fears, jealousy, and even forgetting all that we have and all that we have become. So we remind ourselves and one another of the great promises told of Jesus and fulfilled in Jesus. We bind ourselves to walk with him and to walk with one another. We trip and fall; we pick each other up. We proclaim that today, tomorrow and always, the Lord is coming. And in and through him we will keep faith forever!

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

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