Sunday, March 1, 2015

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

Abraham promised everything – even the sacrificing of his own son.

God gave everything – even his own son handed over to the cross.

In a mystical and divine moment, Jesus was transfigured before the eyes of a few select disciples. For a moment they saw him in his glory. Then came a voice: "This is my beloved Son. Listen to him. Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone but Jesus alone with them."

Perhaps we have had our Abraham moments – offering everything we are and have to God. Perhaps we have stopped to appreciate the total gift of Jesus Christ to us and can say that we know we are loved. Perhaps we have even been blessed with mystical and divine moments of grace that have transformed us.

Eventually, we return to the moment like the disciples: "looking around we no longer see anyone but Jesus" –  the Jesus who silently and gently lives within us.

Lent is about accepting this Jesus every day in very ordinary ways as we simply, slowly and continually walk our journey of faith.

Most of our faith life is coming down the mountain and doing the ordinary things of life in extraordinary ways, because we have indeed known the glory of the Lord.

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

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