Sunday, March 2, 2014

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

“I will never forget you. Your heavenly Father knows you need them all. All these things will be given you besides.”

Any questions? Is there still any doubt about God’s relationship with us, as described by Jesus Christ? Shouldn’t we still be worrying — just a little bit?

It might be hard to imagine a better way to end Ordinary Time before entering the season of Lent next Sunday. Before we strip away the excesses and encrusted stuff that fill our lives, often with great illusions, we listen to a word that describes unbelievable, unlimited and unconditional love.

God really cares — at least, that is what Jesus tells us. If birds and grass and flowers are cared for and produce beautiful fruitfulness without any cares or worries, why not us? Why not even more? To allow ourselves to be loved without earning it seems scandalous. To accept such unconditional love and care seems, at the very least, a bit generous.

Could it be really true? Is this how God really is? Shouldn’t we have to do something to deserve it all? If, indeed, this is so then, perhaps, the refrain from today’s responsorial psalm not only is but also should be a life-long refrain: “Rest in God alone, my soul.”
  
Father Perry 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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