Sunday, March 4, 2018

'Come, Lord Jesus!'

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

Quote of the Week: “The only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment. That’s all there ever is.” — Eckhart Tolle.

God describes himself today as a “jealous” God.

The wrath of Jesus flares up as he spills over the tables of the money changers and drives them out of the temple area.

His disciples recall the words of scripture: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

Angry, jealous, zealous, punishing – are a few of the negative images that many relate to when they think of God. These human terms describing God are just that: a human way to describe our reaction to events and attitudes which we then attribute to God.

God cannot be limited by feelings. God doesn’t have a thought or truth. God is all truth. He doesn’t think things; he is all things.

Therefore, the passionate response of God is not meant to be a description of God. His wrath and jealousy cries out to the significance of the laws of God and the sacredness of, in this case, the temple.

The sacredness of the temple becomes a sign of the sacredness of our body in which grace, Spirit and God reside. 

Scriptures for our elect to be baptized at Easter

Jesus has a conversation with the woman at the well; he sees into her life, reveals truth and calls her to belief. She immediately evangelizes her town as she runs to them and relates all that has happened to her.

They experience Jesus, and their own testimony reveals the faith they discover within themselves: “We no longer believe because of your word; for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the savior of the world.”

This story shared on the day of the First Scrutiny invites us to deeper faith and comfort at how deeply known and loved we are by Christ.

This should cause us to have confidence to scrutinize our lives, see what remain as obstacles to have full faith in Christ Jesus, then allow his love and mercy to overwhelm and envelope us.

“Come, Lord Jesus!”

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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