Sunday, January 5, 2014

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

Darkness and light — these are great themes throughout the Bible. They are the great themes of every religion and all religious experience. They are opposites, but also two sides of the same coin.

It is certainly true that we cannot live without the other; and we cannot remain in one for very long without being pulled into the other. For example, light would make no sense without darkness, nor would darkness have meaning without light; therefore, we need to honestly embrace light and darkness and recognize that both will always be a part of our lives.

One of the most important things is to know when we are in darkness and when we are in light. Getting stuck in the light will probably never be a real problem for us. Getting stuck in the darkness might. Humility is probably the best way to be able to move from one to the other, especially from darkness to light.

Herod was stuck. Herod lived in and ruled from the darkness. Herod committed horrible atrocities, even murder, because of the darkness. The magi, like Joseph, found light even in their dreams that illuminated their pathways, travels, and lives.

Today we are invited to welcome Christ the light and to discover our light within.

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

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