Sunday, May 21, 2017

Looking Ahead

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

Quote of the Week: “Sometimes being lost is the best way to find yourself.” — Lailah Gifty Akita.

In the letter of John, there is perhaps the only definition given for God in the Bible. It is, simply stated, “God is love. He who lives in love, lives in God, and God in him. Wherever there is love, there is God.”

It makes even greater sense of today’s Gospel.

Jesus says to his disciples: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments ... I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. You are in me and I in you.”

Apart from the language of total intimacy, there is a kind of functional spirituality being described. If you do this, then this will happen to you.

Living Jesus’ words and following his example brings us into a relationship of love and intimacy that makes us one. In this love we will never feel abandoned or orphaned but rather will know his presence, peace, love, care, healing, life, strength, power, and spirit, always growing more deeply within us.

A further piece of this functional spirituality is the connectedness we will experience with God our Father and creator by being in union with Jesus the Christ: “On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you.”

All of this suggests the need for surrender to Jesus’ words and his example. The surrender suggests that trusting and living his words and example will bring about peace and new life.

It is functional: Do it, trust it, and something will change in you, something will begin to happen. You will discover new life, a new spirit.

Or to put it once again in Jesus’ own words: “On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you.”

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

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