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Friday, January 25, 2008
The Conversion of Paul
Today is the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. We have three stories of his conversion in the Acts of the Apostles. None of the stories mentions a horse! Yet, so often Paul is being knocked off his horse by God. I guess I rather associated him with the Lone Ranger when I was small and thought the horse was white! There may not have been a horse, but Paul was struck blind by a brilliant Light and he did hear Jesus asking him, "Why are you persecuting me?" This encounter with God changed his life and now all his energy was spent in spreading the Good News to every one.
The picture of the surfer is the image I have of Paul. He had courage and took risks, but he was led by the Spirit. May we reflect today on how the Spirit is leading us?
I also think that Paul (still Saul) was blind for three days and nights so that he could reflect on what had happened to him and change his life. He was then ready to be baptized and, like a surfer, go forth with joy to ride the waves. Paul became the great Apostle to the Gentiles and spread Christianity throughout much of the known world before giving his life for Christ. Try reading his Epistles in chronological order to see how his own thought developed and what marvelous truths his Epistles contain.