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St. Peter Claver

Colossians 1:21-23
Psalm 54:3-4, 6, 8
Luke 6:1-5

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"But now Christ has achieved reconciliation for you." —Colossians 1:22

Without Jesus, we would die doomed to alienation from God, other people, the world, and ourselves (Col 1:21). Without Jesus, we would nourish hostility in our hearts (Col 1:21). "We went our way in malice and envy, hateful ourselves and hating one another" (Ti 3:3). We were dead because of our sins (Eph 2:1). We "gave allegiance to the present age and to the prince of the air, that spirit who is even now at work among the rebellious. All of us were once of their company; we lived at the level of the flesh, following every whim and fancy, and so by nature deserved God's wrath like the rest. But God is rich in mercy; because of His great love for us He brought us to life with Christ" (Eph 2:2-5). "There is no condemnation now for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Rm 8:1).

Jesus makes all the difference in the world and after the world. Jesus is the only Way to the Father (Jn 14:6). He is the Truth and the Life Itself (Jn 14:6). Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life (Jn 11:25). Jesus is the "King of kings and Lord of lords" (see Rv 19:16). Jesus is God (see Jn 20:28).


  • give your whole life to Jesus,
  • worship Jesus,
  • renew your Baptism,
  • pray always for all people to live for Jesus,
  • tell everyone about Jesus,
  • make disciples of all nations (Mt 28:19), and
  • love Jesus.

Prayer:  "To the One seated on the throne, and to the Lamb, be praise and honor, glory and might, forever and ever!" (Rv 5:13)

Promise:  "The Son of Man is Lord even of the sabbath." —Lk 6:5

Praise:  St. Peter Claver was a Spanish priest who, due to his life and work, became the patron saint of slaves, the Republic of Columbia, and African-Americans.

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 27, 2017

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