Sunday, July 9, 2017

Looking Ahead

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

Quote of the Week: “Respect is a two-way street, if you want to get it you’ve got to give it.”  — R.G. Risch.

Once upon a time there was in our Catholic Community a teaching that said Sunday was a day of rest. It was considered serious to observe it. People were told not to work but to go to church, then to rest, be with family, play and enjoy.

What a refreshing idea. We belived that there was value in resting and playing. But too many people today work seven days a week — not only at one or two but even three jobs.

If they do have some time off, and they are lucky enough for that day to be on Sunday, after they go to Mass (if they still do that), they have so many chores at home. Their excuse is that these could never be accomplished during the week.

How refreshing it is to hear these particular words coming from Jesus’ mouth in the Gospel today: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Just to hear Jesus affirm the value of rest, just to hear Jesus invite us to become unburdened and comforted by his love, just to consider that finding rest is something we really ought to do, this is all spoken as divinely wise language — spoken in a prayer to the Father.

It is referred to as “hidden things” – known not to the wise and learned but rather to the little ones. It is the little ones — children — who know the value of play, fun and rest.

The little ones are not burdened by the endless cares of the world. It is this tension between holding on — responsibility — and letting go. Between taking care and being careless. Between taking care of business and closing down the store.

Jesus is speaking the language of wisdom today. Not everyone will hear it. Not everyone will understand him. Not everyone will put it into practice or even see a need for it.

It is a message that should be heeded.

As he says in other places, I think he would say it also today: “Let him/her who has ears to hear — HEAR!”

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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