Sunday, July 2, 2017

Looking Ahead

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

Quote of the Week: “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish as fools.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

“What are you looking for? What did you lose?”

That was the question.

This answer was returned: “I lost myself.”

What does it mean to lose yourself?

Jesus speaks about this in the scriptures more than once and places great emphasis on it. He also speaks of finding self — or picking up your cross — of dying so that you might live.

This is not a superficial game he is suggesting; rather, he calls upon us to go deeply within our inner lives and find — actually, to discover — those areas of life that need to die.

The truth is things get implanted deep within our spirit, and some of those things choke off life.

Think of a time when you were wounded by another person intentionally or only perceived by yourself. Think of the many times that this wound was replayed and revived and reinstated until it became a part of your very self.

Think of the pain, hurt, anger and resentment that soon became inseparable from our inner heart of hearts.

“Let it die,” Jesus said; love something or someone else more than that — Jesus uses strong and vivid language to capture the essence of the decision and the process to make the change.

The kingdom of God is the reality of dying and coming to life and letting go, and grabbing on to something bigger, better, deeper and more loving and wonderful.

Jesus always seeks our joy, hope and desire for God deep within.

“What are you looking for? What did you lose? What have you found?”

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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