September 9, 2014

Peter Claver

September 9, 2014:  St. Peter Claver, Priest

  • 'Scales of justice' tie:  courtroom analogy (1st reading)
  • 'Phone' tie bar:  Jesus 'called' the Apostles (gospel)
  • 'Medical' pin:  Jesus healed all the sick (gospel)
  • White shirt:  color of St. Peter Claver memorial

Music (note the contrast re psalm settings)
Pope Francis

Homily:  Moments in Jesus' life:
  • Praying:  He's before the Father now praying for us.  This is our strength: to be able to say to the Father, ‘But if you, Father, will not consider us, consider your Son who prays for us.’ From the first moment Jesus prays: He prayed when He was on earth and He continues to pray now for each one of us, for the whole Church.”
  • Choosing the Apostles:  The Lord chose and called me on my day of Baptism.  Paul:  "He chose me, from my mother’s womb."  Jesus loves and chooses sinners; he even chose Judas!
  • Close to people:  He's not a distant professor, teacher, or mystic; he lets people touch and speak with him.
Trust our Lord:  he prays, chose us, and is close.

    Wordle: Readings 9-9-14
  • 1 Cor 6:1-11  It's a failure on your part that you have lawsuits against one another.  Instead of putting up with injustice and letting yourselves be cheated, you inflict injustice and cheat, and this to brothers.  The unjust won't inherit the Kingdom!  You've had yourselves washed and were sanctified and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and in the Spirit.
  • Ps 149:1b-6a, 9b  "The Lord takes delight in his people."  Sing praise to the Lord; rejoice in your maker and king.  The Lord loves his people and adorns the lowly.
  • Lk 6:12-19  After Jesus spent the night in prayer to God, he called his disciples, whom he named Apostles:  Simon, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.  A crowd of disciples and others came to hear him and be healed.  Everyone sought to touch him because power came forth from him and healed them all.
St. Peter Claver, S.J.
St. Peter Claver and more, thanks to Universalis
  • St. Peter Claver, "slave of the Negroes forever," attending to their spiritual and material needs.  He brought food to the ships, instructed and baptized slaves, followed their progress, and tried to defend them. He organized catechists and worked in hospitals and prisons.  Many inside and outside the Church opposed him.
More saints:  St. Ciarán of Clonmacnoise; St. Osburg, abbess.
    • Creighton:  Jesus descends to the people awaiting him below as Moses descended from Sinai to the Israelites (Ex 19-20), but he calls others first and names them Apostles, expecting service and growth from them.
    • Passionist:  Today's gospel precedes Luke's version of the Beatitudes.  Jesus calls the Apostles, unformed, without giving details of their work. / St. Peter Claver worked 40 years among slaves, meeting their ships in Columbia.  He described his vocation as ‘slave of the slaves.'  What's my calling?
    •  People heard what Jesus did and came to him, hungry for God and healing, and he healed them.  Jesus offers freedom from sin and oppression to all who seek him.  How do I respond to Jesus?

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