Seek God

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Today the Catholic Church celebrates Jesuit St. Peter Claver who worked in South America, ministering to those caught in the slave trade. He worked on behalf of the slaves, begging that they might be treated well.

The readings today are a good match for this man. Colossians 3 lists the pitfalls in life–those characteristics that can cause us to sin–impurity, evil desire and greed were at the root of the slave trade. The Beatitudes from Luke are the Woe to you version that slave traders and owners might have been nervous to hear. Blessed were those slaves who were poor, hungry and weeping. For those who seek God, we can be misled, such as those Christians who caught, traded and mistreated slaves. We may think that we are seeking God but we have missed the Holy One in our own midst. In fact, Christ weeps as he is beaten, chained, and worked to death.

St. Peter Claver says: Seek God in all things, and we shall find God by our side. We can seek God in all things, and still be horribly blind to the Truth. We must learn how to discern whose voice to listen to and what decisions must be made. For this we must also know our sin and be prepared to guard against it in our decision-making process.

I will not forget the visit to the Slave Museum in South Africa which highlighted details of the slave trade. The experience was visceral and heart-wrenching. Christians thought they were doing the right thing but they were not seeking God in these slaves and that allowed them to treat these men and women cruelly. God was not on their side but howled in sorrow with how these beloved creatures were stolen and transplanted to a world an ocean away. Thank God for men and women like St. Peter Claver who tried to ease their pain and suffering. May we seek with eyes like these.

Peace,

Suzanne

Reflection Questions
Have you ever thought God was on your side but later realized it was not God’s voice who was directing you?
Who do you know that is fighting against the odds to bring about justice in a particular area? Can you help?

Prayer
God-on-our-side
is a dangerous presumption
because it means God-is-not-on-their-side
Why do we do this to you, Just One?
Help us to see with your eyes
and to sow seeds of compassion
instead of arrogance.
Amen.

About sstyves

A Canadian prairie girl rooted in Ignatian spirituality, I seek God in all things. Whether I catch a glimpse of the Divine and delight in its presence in nature or in the beauty of an encounter with someone, I am ever so grateful that I can recognize the Creator. I greet each new day with hope and happiness, expecting blessings and miracles because I am created to praise, love and serve God. This blog is one way of realizing that through my writings, prayers, and photography. To God be the Glory!
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4 Responses to Seek God

  1. Monica says:

    Just saying again that I love to read each of your posts. I like that the questions encourage personal reflection and that the prayer lifts the reflection up to God. Each of your posts are simple in format but invite a lot of thought. That’s all! Hope you are adjusting to your return to work.

    • sstyves says:

      Thanks, Monica. Yes, return to work is going ok so far. I am glad that my posts continue to cause you to pause and reflect. Thanks for being a faithful follower.

  2. Gordana says:

    Thanks Suzanne for this post! I pray through intersessions of St.Peter Claver , for all victims of modern slavery, particularly in garment industry! May God send solutions and opportunities to improve their lives!

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