Sunday, February 11, 2018

More than ever, we need to hear Jesus speak

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

Quote of the Week: “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also filled with the overcoming of it.” — Helen Keller.

“One who bears the sore of leprosy shall keep his garments rent and his head bare: He shall cry out, ‘Unclean, unclean!’ since he is in fact unclean. He shall dwell apart.”

This was the sentence bestowed upon the leper. He will be separated from family, community, human touch, closeness and intimacy.

To be healed of leprosy was to have one’s life given back to them. It is no wonder that, no matter where Jesus went, no matter how he tried to go off to deserted places to pray, they always found him; they searched him out.

They looked everywhere, because they were in need of healing, liberation from evil, clear teaching, and truth that could lift their spirit.

Jesus had it all. Jesus gave all. Jesus gave people back their lives. Jesus showed them the way. Jesus opened up the meaning and the power of God’s kingdom to them.

We live in a world inhabited by hundreds of millions more people than in Jesus’s time. We have bigger issues, more disease and illness, poverty, greater political divides, unprecedented social and financial complexities, more educated people, and — at the same time — lingering illiteracy.

With over 6 billion people on the planet, we are facing issues such as the availability of clean air and water, climate change, and new or unpreventable or untreatable infectious diseases.

Instead of becoming more manageable and understandable, the world is becoming more difficult, congested, complex and divided.

More than ever, we need to hear Jesus speak. We need his healing touch.

We need Jesus’s promise of the kingdom. We need our hungers and thirsts — deep within our individual and collective spirit — satisfied.

More than ever we need to echo the words of the psalm today: “I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.”

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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