Sunday, February 25, 2018

Surrender and find life!

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

Quote of the Week: “I kinda don’t do guilt. I gave it up for Lent years ago.” — Father Greg Boyle.

Week 1.

We see Jesus led by the Spirit into the desert alone, hungry, thirsty, vulnerable, weak, and tempted.

We are asked by the journey of Lent to do the same. We are invited to experience and acknowledge each of these realities.

Like Jesus, we are led by the Spirit to place our trust and confidence in a loving, merciful, caring, life-giving God who best lifts us up when we are weak and doubtful and broken by sin.

Week 2.

We walk a different path up high to the mountaintop. There the “glory of the Lord” is revealed to us in the Transfiguration.

From a cloud casting a shadow comes a voice: “This is my beloved Son, listen to him.”

From both desert and mountaintop, truth is revealed; something is asked of us.

These journeys are not just stories to be admired, but journeys we must make. Nor are these onetime journeys; rather, they are journeys we make over and over again.

In her wisdom, the church gives us the annual call of Lent to hear both stories, because these journeys are deeply woven into the rhythms of our lives.

In weakness and strength, light and darkness, night and day, and hunger and satisfaction, we find our God.

God always finds us. God always rescues. God always shows the way. But somehow, without the emptiness of the desert and the glory of the mountaintop, we become distracted, discouraged, tired or just lose our way.

Weeks 1 and 2 of Lent are teaching us. Let us surrender. Let us be opened up to learn and follow. Let our offering be as precious as Abraham’s as we offer up to God what is most precious to us: our control and our desire to have life only as we would want it.

Let us surrender and there find life!

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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