Monday of the Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

Monday of the Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time

September 9, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

Memorial Feast: St. Peter Claver, Priest 1580-1654

Colossians 1:24-2:3

Psalm 62:6-7, 9

Luke 6:6-11

The second century Christian martyr St. Ireneus coined a phrase that has be used throughout the centuries; “The glory of God is a person fully alive.” Today’s memorial feast of the Jesuit St. Peter Claver revived this great quote.

For thirty-five years Peter Claver lived a humble life.  He was often condemned by respectable society for serving slaves that arrived in the port of Cartagena, Columbia.  Upon their arrival Peter ministered immediately to the shackled and barely alive African slaves who managed to survive months in the horrible conditions in the holds of slave ships.  Some 10,000 people passed through the port annually.  Peter estimated that throughout his time he ministered to approximately 300,000 people.  Incredible!

We human beings become “fully alive” to the degree we live selflessly serving others for the love of God.  Friends, Peter Claver was “fully alive.”

God creates us in His own image.  We become “fully alive” to the degree that we realize this image in us.  God gives not only physical and intellectual gifts but also gives us the gift of His own Spirit.  Saint Paul, in His epistles, does not hesitate to call Jesus’ disciples “temples of God!”

Today’s first reading, written by Saint Paul while in prison, catches this crucial dimension of Christian holiness.  He said, “I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the affliction of Christ on behalf of His Body, the Church.”  Paul rejoices in his suffering because he experiences the joy of being identified with Jesus even more fully, because of His suffering.

Paul was “fully alive.”  May we be inspired by Paul and Peter Claver to become more “fully alive.”

Question of the Day:  Do you allow your physical and intellectual talents that God has given you enhance your ability to serve others?

Prayer:  Father, I wish to offer my whole life to Your service and that of my sisters and brothers.  Let me be completely Yours.

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