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September 9, 2017

St. Peter Claver, SJ

Lk 6: 1-5

One sabbath while Jesus was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked some heads of grain, rubbed them in their hands, and ate them. But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?” Jesus answered, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and gave some to his companions?” Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

The Apostle of Cartagena

Today is the feast of the Spanish Jesuit priest, Peter Claver, patron of the missions to African peoples and defender of human rights: the Apostle of Cartagena.  He ministered in Cartagena, Colombia to the African people who were brought across the Atlantic to be slaves.  His ministry began by entering the ships’ holds and providing basic care focused on the dignity of each person on the ship.  In addition to direct ministry, he advocated for the basic human rights of the enslaved people.

Although slavery has been outlawed for over a century, how often do we find ourselves with an “us v. them” mentality?  Who we consider “them” may be someone of a different race, religion, political party, country of origin, or socioeconomic class, but that mentality causes division among us.  

Today, who is someone you can reach out to and engage in conversation, despite some perceived difference?

—The Jesuit prayer team

Prayer

Lord God, you called St. Peter Claver to serve the enslaved people who were stripped of their dignity as humans.  Help us to recognize that each person we encounter is your beloved son or daughter, worth of our care.  Open our hearts to those who the world has considered “lesser” so that we can begin to break down the barriers that divide us.  Amen.

—The Jesuit prayer team

 


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September 9, 2017

St. Peter Claver, SJ

Lk 6: 1-5

One sabbath while Jesus was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked some heads of grain, rubbed them in their hands, and ate them. But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?” Jesus answered, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and gave some to his companions?” Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

The Apostle of Cartagena

Today is the feast of the Spanish Jesuit priest, Peter Claver, patron of the missions to African peoples and defender of human rights: the Apostle of Cartagena.  He ministered in Cartagena, Colombia to the African people who were brought across the Atlantic to be slaves.  His ministry began by entering the ships’ holds and providing basic care focused on the dignity of each person on the ship.  In addition to direct ministry, he advocated for the basic human rights of the enslaved people.

Although slavery has been outlawed for over a century, how often do we find ourselves with an “us v. them” mentality?  Who we consider “them” may be someone of a different race, religion, political party, country of origin, or socioeconomic class, but that mentality causes division among us.  

Today, who is someone you can reach out to and engage in conversation, despite some perceived difference?

—The Jesuit prayer team

Prayer

Lord God, you called St. Peter Claver to serve the enslaved people who were stripped of their dignity as humans.  Help us to recognize that each person we encounter is your beloved son or daughter, worth of our care.  Open our hearts to those who the world has considered “lesser” so that we can begin to break down the barriers that divide us.  Amen.

—The Jesuit prayer team

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!