Monday, January 13, 2014

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker 

Jesus is baptized. God speaks. The Spirit of the Lord is poured over him, into him, through him. Justice and peace are bestowed upon Israel and over and through his people. In Jesus, God is well pleased. He looks upon the one he has called and sends forth; he sees his Word and salvation blossoming upon the earth.

The Baptism of the Lord is a pivotal moment when God is making happen what he has intended from of old. Isaiah's prophecies are realized, and grace and power from God burst forth through faith and hope into love and justice.

As is often the case, it is not just what happens, but how it happens.

“He shall bring forth justice to the nations, not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street. A bruised reed he shall not break, and a smoldering wick he shall not quench.” God, the all-powerful one, sees to it that justice and peace come peacefully.

Is it to happen from within? Is it to happen individually to each one as each one opens up to the hope and promise? Our own baptism holds the promise of our God taking us by the hand, calling and sending us, and teaching us his wisdom and truth. He sees us as beloved. In each of us he is well pleased.

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

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