Sunday, December 1, 2013

Looking Ahead: 'Let us walk in the light of the Lord'

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

“Let us walk in the light of the Lord.”

In the darkest month of the year we are called and challenged to walk in the light and to become people of light. Of course, in the celebration of the birth of Jesus, we welcome Christ the light; therefore, we are exhorted to be alert, we are encouraged to get ready!

What if the Lord were to come and we missed him? What if the light were shining but we remained in darkness? What does it even really mean to become people of light?

This time of the year also becomes one of the busiest times at work, school, church, and home. As we prepare for Christmas Day, we can easily miss the experience of remaining ready and alert.

The time of preparation has its own gifts. As we “throw off the work of darkness and put on the armor of light” we find Advent shaping our hearts and forming our spirit. Being ready and alert each day does more than prepare us for the day of Christmas, it opens our spirit, helps us to see more and more clearly, and creates a space within us so that something or someone is truly born into our lives.

The manger is us. The light becomes us. The familiar Advent phrase should be on our lips many times every day of Advent: “Come, Lord Jesus.”

Will we be ready? Are we alert?

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

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