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Friday, September 10, 2010

He Freed them from Worthlessness and Abandonment

Although I am free in regard to all, I have made myself a slave to all so as to win over as many as possible. 1 Corinthians 9:19

Peter Claver, who’s memorial we celebrated yesterday was born in Spain in 1580. With the guidance of Saint Alphonsus, Peter answered God’s call upon his life, received ordination and went to the mission field of Columbia, South America. There, until his death on September 8, 1634, Peter gave relentless compassion, kindness and mercy to the African slaves.

God sent Peter Claver as a light of hope in the midst of dark despair in order to address the wordless pleas of slaves in horrible distress. Although he could not free them from captivity, he freed them from a sense of worthlessness and abandonment through his tireless love and healing presence of Christ.

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn. Isaiah 61:1-2
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