Friday 9 September 2022

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St Peter Claver

1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-27. How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God! – Psalm 83(84):3-6, 12. Luke 6:39-42.

A duty to return to others the love we have been given

Jesus loves each of us to the core. Have a think about what that means and how it feels. To be so loved and treasured by the God of life is something we could spend our life reflecting on. So how do we speak about this? How do we share it? Unlike Paul, we are not ordered by God to preach the Gospel daily to anyone who would listen (or not). We do have a duty though, and that is to share this love, not to boast about how loved we are, how holy we may feel, but to give it away, ‘without claiming my rights’. We hear a lot about our rights these days, and that is important, but along with our rights, we have a duty to give back every bit of love we have been given, and not be afraid of what we might lose. We are free, but when we give our own life, everything we give away is given back to us tenfold. Paul knew that.

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