Sunday, July 20, 2014

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

Today, Jesus proposes three parables. These teaching stories attempt to describe the kingdom of heaven. Each one is about growth.

In one story, good seed is sown in a field, then weeds are secretly sown by an enemy. The question is: “do you want us to go and pull them (the weeds) up?” Jesus answers “No!” They will and must grow together, and at harvest time will be sorted.

Another story talks about planting the tiny, tiny mustard seed, which grows to become one of the largest trees.

Another is like a woman mixing yeast with dough and the whole batch was leavened (grows).

Seeds have power to become. Yeast makes everything grow and expand. In each of these stories there is an agent — man, a person, a woman — who does something which brings about growth and development.

Jesus teaches us that the kingdom of heaven is now. The kingdom of heaven is among us and within us. The kingdom of heaven is affected in our lives by us, me, you and others.

The potential for life and growth, and big expanding things, are the seeds that you and I work with in our lives. We should expect that in everything and everyone there is potential for the kingdom of heaven to be revealed and to bring forth growth and life.

When is that happening? Now!

Who will do it? Each one of us!

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

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