Sunday, August 2, 2015

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker, pastor
By Father Perry D. Leiker, pastor

Imagine being so hungry you would prefer to return to living in slavery where you could expect to eat at least once a day.

That seems better than starving. But imagine crying out to God, complaining to him; and he listens, responds and sends food daily.

At night, quail fill the camp. In the morning, bread rains down from heaven. All he asks is that they “follow my instructions.”

Now in Jesus’ time, the people come to him because they are hungry for food – for spiritual food. They want healing. They want hope. They want understanding and signs – yes, signs like their ancestors had.

But do they want to grow into a people who really know God and listen to the Word of God? Do they want to become God’s people in a way that God’s goodness, justice, peace and compassion live in their words and actions?

Hungering and thirsting for the living God means opening heart and soul and discovering the living word that transforms our way of living. Knowing God means beginning to live and look like God.

So they said to him, "Sir, give us this bread always."

Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst."

The bread we seek is more than the host. It is in and through the host that we meet Christ, experience Christ and find our deepest hungers and thirsts satisfied.

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

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