Sunday, January 18, 2015

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

Who likes waiting for anything?

Yet isn’t this life waiting, waiting, waiting?

Today’s scriptures are filled with words and images of waiting, listening, being called, looking for, staying, and finally being called bluntly to “come and see.”

One could easily come to the conclusion that an absolutely essential quality to being a person of faith in a vibrant relationship with God requires waiting, listening and expecting.

These aren’t just Advent themes but everyday themes of the spiritual life.

Minister Derrick McGhee states it this way:

If you can wait on your hair stylist, you can wait on God.

If you can wait at a fast food restaurant, you can wait on God.

If you can wait in the emergency room of a hospital, you can wait on God.

If you can wait in rush hour traffic, you can wait on God.

If you can wait in line to purchase concert tickets for your favorite artist, you can wait on God.

If you can wait on a nice cup of coffee to brew, you can wait on God.

If you can wait on a parking space to open closer to the entrance, you can wait on God.

If you can wait until the end of the week or month to receive your paycheck, you can wait on God.

If you can wait on the Lord, then speaking the words of Psalm 40 today should flow sweetly from your lips: “I have waited, waited for the Lord. Here am I, Lord, I come to do your will.”

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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