Spiritual Food for the Journey
March 3, 2024
Third Sunday of Lent
Third Sunday of Lent
Black Men, Black Boys, My Brothers we are reminded today in this Prayer Breakfast that You
are needed, you are valued and that Your Lives Matter. Black Men take your Place, Your
daughters and Sons need You, Your community and your People Need You. In the midst of the
Social Crisis, we face here in our city and nation, it requires that We step Up. We cannot wait
for someone to fix Us. Our families need us to Rise Up beyond Self Destruction, if Fallen, we
need to build a common brotherhood that seeks to Lift one another Up!
Black men we have always been a part of our story as African American People, some good
and some challenging. Far before the names of Black and their stories were written for them
and at times by them.
Let this be a time and place providing space for growth and healing as we seek to write a new
Chapter shaping our own future that a new page be turned. During these times of daily unrest
from views of Black men being killed, abused, protesting, and peacefully kneeling we must not
forget to celebrate Our Joy, Our Strength and Our Power, Black men making the world smile,
Black Men making a difference in our world, leaving a legacy of Hope Behind and spreading
countless affirmations that Black Men are significant and vital to the survival and advancement of our nation and our world!
As we walk our street and drive through our neighborhoods, we seem to be lost, wandering,
aimlessly. So often I ask myself, what can be done? How can we move beyond the self-
destruction and rise to reconstruction and revitalization.
There is a vital and crucial individual in the scriptures.
Let’s Look at Matthew 15: 21 And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was
coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. 22 And they
brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull).
Since Cyrene is located in Northern Africa, it seems at least very plausible that Simon was a
man of color.
Although Simon disappears from the story as quickly as he appears, the example is extremely
powerful. On the most important day in world events, in all time past, he literally carries the
cross of Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God, the Savior of World. He Helps Jesus!
In America, it’s easy for those who don’t experience systematic racism to forget how prevalent it really is. It’s easy to ignore what makes us uncomfortable, or to choose our news sources based on what we want to hear, and not what we need to hear. Simon sets a powerful example we are all called to Follow . Even Christ accepted help carrying his cross. Our brothers and sisters of color have been carrying a heavy burden for hundreds of years. Now is the time for us to help shoulder it. We need not wait for a passing Roman soldier to prompt Us into action. The is here and Now Black Men to Step Up and Take Your Rightful Place. This Parish Needs You, this Community Needs You, The men and women aimlessly walking these streets needs you!
In Galatians, Paul, an early church leader, says exactly the same thing. “Carry each other’s
burdens,” he writes, “and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
Rev. Stephan Brown, S.V.D.
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits, who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.