Sunday, December 25, 2016

Looking Ahead

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

Quote of the Week: “Even the holy men who lived before the coming of Christ understood that God had in mind plans of peace for the human race.” — St. Bernard of Clairvaux.

There are four distinct sets of readings for the Solemnity of Christmas: Vigil Mass, Mass at Night, Mass at Dawn and Mass at Day.

Although the readings are very different, there is something they all have in common. Clearly, God entered into our world and our lives, and things, as they say, would never be the same.

Promises and expectations of peace and healing, forgiveness, hope and grace in great measure came into our world. What happened in that manger was a bursting into our world and consciousness of the presence of God into our humanity.

To be sure, it is beyond anything we could fully understand, a mystery in the truest sense of the word. It is no surprise that we have four sets of readings, as if one would do.

We look at this moment in time promised by God as the greatest mystery, full of grace, that broke death and sin, bringing life and grace.

Emmanuel! God with us!

Father Perry D. Leiker is pastor of St. Bernard Church. Reach him at (323) 255-6142, Ext. 112; email perry.leiker@gmail.com. Follow Father Perry on Twitter: @MrDeano76.

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