Sunday, April 5, 2015

Looking Ahead

By Father Perry D. Leiker 

“ALLELUIA,” the “Easter song,” is sung out repeatedly in our Easter liturgies. This is the first time we hear these words for the last 40 days.

Today he truly becomes the Christ, the anointed one. He enters into his glory resurrected and transformed. As God raises him from death and into glory, he also gives to us the pattern of our own immortal destiny. We, too, will share in the glory of the Lord and be given life eternal.

We rejoice also with our newly baptized and those who will receive confirmation and eucharist for the first time. We rejoice with those who receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit – powerful and enabling gifts. There really is no time like Easter.

This is the time of redemption. This is the time of promises made and promises kept. God’s covenant with us is fully revealed in the death and resurrection of his Son. If he had not been raised, his death would be in vain. Because he has been raised, we are irrevocably changed and promised life eternal. For that reason alone, we joyfully sing our Easter song: “ALLELUIA”!

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

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