Sunday, March 15, 2015

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

The princes, priests and people “added infidelity to infidelity” and even desecrated the temple.

John tells us that those who live in sin hate the light and love and are attracted to darkness. But just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert (those who looked at it were saved from their sin), so must the Son of Man be lifted up.

We must truly look to him, look at him, and discover his look of love at and for us. This is the good news of the word today.

The letter to the Ephesians today says it most succinctly: “God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ — by grace you have been saved.”

It is expressed eloquently in the A Cycle Gospel provided for our elect in the RCIA. The man born blind when asked by Jesus: “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” answered him: “Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?”

Jesus answered: “You have seen him.”

The blind man now had sight: both physical and deeply spiritual. He could truly see! No more blindness. No more lack of recognition. No more darkness. Only sight!

Where are we in our journey of faith? Do we see – really? Do we recognize – really? Do we look for the light or darkness – really?

Jesus’ word today, as always, saves!

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

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