Sunday, April 12, 2015

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

Thank you, God, for the gift of Thomas the doubter. Such honesty and straightforwardness is refreshing and epitomizes the person of Thomas. He insisted he would not believe if he did not see with his own eyes.

But the Gospel now comes alive, as Jesus' love, care and gentleness reaches out to Thomas. Jesus knew what Thomas needed: "Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe."

Jesus invited and called forth faith and trust in Thomas, who did not disappoint. Only Thomas is recorded as uttering these words of faith: "My Lord and my God!" He receives this invitation from Jesus the Christ and sees, understands and professes faith.

Do we ever doubt? Are we seekers of faith? Do we hand over doubts and questions to the Lord?

Are we willing to allow the Lord to call us to faith? Are we open to discovering, seeing, understanding and professing deeper faith?

On this Divine Mercy Sunday, perhaps we will experience the love and mercy of God in a way that transforms our faith and gives to us new life.

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

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