Sunday, March 9, 2014

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker 

Let’s begin with sin – yes, the primordial sin, the one that we say goes back go our beginnings as recorded in the second story of creation in Genesis.

The story goes to the roots of sin. We think we are like gods or like the God. Now that is some fruit and some tree!

Imagine to be like, equal and able to stand up to, in competition with, or be able to reckon with God! Imagine that. Again, it brings us back to the primordial sin or the original sin.

We are not gods. We have been wonderfully made in God’s image and likeness and, therefore, have something very special and wonderful within us, which we often forget. Instead of letting God’s grace, spirit and love flow through us and within us, we seek to be what we cannot be and fail to live out our human nature in its fullness. It has fallen! It is broken!

Jesus, in naked humanness, goes out into the desert and is tempted. Because Jesus’ spirit and God’s spirit were truly and divinely one, he was able to empty self and be weak, naked, thirsty, hungry and completely open – he was tempted in that inner space. In that place of total emptiness and vulnerability, his spirit was aligned perfectly and wholly with God the Father.

Can Lent offer us something of the same? Are we capable of and open to emptying ourselves? Whatever special sacrifices we do this Lent, will they help us to become more human and more divine? Will we enter into the death of Jesus so that we can also experience his resurrection and new life? Let us do Lent so we can do Easter and be renewed as disciples of Jesus.

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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