Sunday, September 6, 2015

Looking Ahead

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

Isaiah proclaims: “Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared, then the tongue of the mute will sing.”

This is the promise of what will happen when the Lord will come among his people.

And Jesus became clearly recognized as the one with power of healing and authority when he spoke. The gifts flowed from within him and clearly he came from God. The results were indisputable.

“Then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, ‘Ephphatha!’ – that is, ‘Be opened!’ – And immediately the man’s ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and he spoke plainly.’”

The word went out to all. The people were astonished. His orders to tell no one were plainly unheeded. These were physical miracles, but clearly Jesus also opened the mouth of women who were by social norms mute.

He also opened the mouth of the poor, giving voice to their needs, their hopes, and their rights.

He opened the mouths of the sinner, the excluded, and the rejected and gave them both the hope and reality of being reunited with the community and finding their place once again.

What does Jesus do for us? How does he open our mouths, unblock our ears, and give vision to us? Do we heed him and his words? Do we unite with him to bring this to others? Are we part of the problem or part of the solution?

Healing? Health? Health care – is there any connection? Does the Christian have a responsibility to proclaim anything here? Will we join the other industrialized nations of the world and give health care to all of our citizens?

Will we be mute?

This is the promise of what will happen when the Lord will come among his people.

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

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