Wednesday 9 September 2020

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St Peter Claver

1 Corinthians 7:25-31. Listen to me, daughter; see and bend your ear – Psalm 44(45):11-12, 14-17. Luke 6:20-26.

Seek God in all things and you shall find God by your side – St Peter Claver SJ

After a night in prayer on the mountain, Jesus called and named the Apostles. Then, ‘standing on a level place’, milled about by a crowd of poor, diseased and troubled folk, he ‘looked up at his disciples’ and announced the new order of God’s Kingdom: the Beatitudes. The blessed are not the rich and respected. Rather, they are the hungry, weeping, and excluded who also hear and receive freedom in Jesus’ words.

St Peter Claver (1480-1654) is the patron saint of African-Americans. He spent his life ministering to the human cargo who arrived at the docks of Cartagena, Colombia, to be sold as slaves. He moved among them in the sale-yards where they were herded, bringing medicine, food, conversion and Baptism to thousands. He lived the Beatitudes in his service to those dispossessed of human dignity.

Pray for justice and freedom for all who are enslaved, and for mercy for those who profit by slavery.

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