Sunday, July 13, 2014

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker 

What is the opposite of blessed eyes and blessed ears?

Is it cursed eyes and cursed ears?

Blessed eyes see the things of God and the realities he invites us to share in – they are eyes that see and live the kingdom of God in all things.

Blessed ears hear the things of God – they hear God’s voice in everything, opening one to a sharing in his life in his kingdom.

Is it possible that God speaks and we don’t hear? What is it that he says? What is it that he offers to us that only blessed eyes can see and blessed ears can hear?

Fundamentally, it is the Gospel, the way of Jesus. In the Gospel, we have invitations and callings that often completely counter what the world sees. The values of the world are often centered around getting more at any cost. That often leads to the destruction of others, or even of self.

The truth of the Gospel tells us that many times it is in loosing, letting go, not having that we discover more and become more.

The curse is missing the gift and not receiving the life that God wants and intends for us.

Blessed? Cursed? The choice is ours.

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

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