September 8, 2021 Thursday 23rd Week in Ordinary Time


Call it out

Saint Peter Claver (1580-1654) was a Jesuit priest dedicated to baptizing and serving enslaved Africans in Cartagena, Colombia, a major slave-trade port. While Claver was ahead of many of his peers in at least recognizing the humanity of Africans and poured out his life to alleviate the great suffering he encountered, we need to acknowledge that the colonial system that enslaved Africans was allowed to continue unabated for centuries without much church resistance. How can we and our communities of faith challenge the enduring legacy of racism today, inspired by Claver’s witness of service and the gospel mandate to love?

Today’s readings:

Colossians 3:12-17; Luke 6:27-38 (440).

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

Prepare the Word.

{Category Daily Commentary}

Fr. Rick Pilger, I.C.


Blessed Sacrament Church

11565 66th Ave. N.

Seminole, FL 33772




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