Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker 

On one occasion in the Gospel (Mark 5:35), when a little girl had died, Jesus said to the distraught family, “Do not be afraid, just have faith.”

Another translation reads: “Fear is useless; what is needed is trust.”

This weekend we have just celebrated Independence Day for the United States of America, commemorating our independence from Great Britain. Imagine the trust required of a people far away from their mainland, standing up against a mighty world power, in a new and strange land with so much to be done, so much to be explored, so much to be experienced.

But faced with the challenges ahead, these words of scripture certainly rang true: “Fear is useless; what is needed is trust.”

In the face of change we often become acutely aware of fear and uncertainty. So also does a whole myriad of feelings of discomfort. Again, the words of Jesus speak even more directly to us: “Fear is useless; what is needed is trust.”

When we find ourselves in the grip of change, it very much becomes a time of a matter of faith. God loves his church and his people and he never leaves them alone. The scriptures of this Sunday abound with words that ought to open our hearts to faith: “Rejoice heartily, see, your king shall come to you”; and “the Lord is faithful in all his words and holy in all his works.”

But perhaps most of all we are challenged to simply see and trust that God will always keep us in his care. Jesus proclaims: “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to little ones.”

The call of Jesus is to be like little children trusting their daddies and mommies, opening their hearts, minds, feelings and futures with complete confidence in God.

God will never abandon us. When we accomplish this we, too, can confidently say: “Fear is useless; what is needed is trust.”

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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