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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 25 A.D. 2009


Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:



Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Mark 1:14-20


A reflection on today's Scripture:





Please Note:
The Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments has given permission this year for parishes to celebrate the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul:

Acts 22:3-16
Or: Acts 9:1-22
Psalm 117:1bc, 2
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Mark 16:15-18

A reflection on today's Scripture:

In this "Year of St. Paul" it is especially fitting for the readings this Sunday to reflect the command of Jesus to preach the Gospel "to the ends of the earth."

Appropriately, the first reading is from either the 9th or the 22nd chapter of St. Luke's "Acts of the Apostles," both of which give the details about the most famous conversion in history, that of Saul of Tarsus, a fierce persecutor of Christians, who becomes Paul, the fiery Apostle to the Gentiles.

On the road to Damascus where he intended to round up Christians, place them in chains, and haul them back to Jerusalem for trial and martyrdom, Paul is suddenly surrounded by an intense light which blinds him. As he falls to the ground, he hears a voice calling to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?" When Saul questions the person's identity, the Voice responds, "I am Jesus, the Nazorean, whom you are persecuting." An amazing dialogue follows between Jesus and Saul, in which he is told to be baptized, and then to preach "what he has seen and heard" everywhere.

This event near Damascus was a turning point in the growth of the infant Church. Paul affirmed that his conversion was through a divine revelation of the Son "accorded him by the Father" (Galatians 1:16), and that he saw Jesus the Lord (1 Corinthians 9:1). His conversion was a violent experience in which he said he had been "seized" by Christ, and a necessity laid on him to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles. The only difference between the apostles' witnessing to the Resurrection and his own was that his came much later. It cannot be reduced to a mere psychological experience, but was a true revelation that made him the equal of the twelve apostles.

The Gospel reading narrates the divine commission of the risen Jesus to the Eleven in the Upper Room: "Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. . . . "

Every time we listen to Scripture, we ourselves are invited to conversion of mind and heart. In this Year of St. Paul, today would be a good time for all of us to read the entire Acts of the Apostles which takes us through Paul's amazing adventures, his trials, his missionary journeys, even to Rome, the heart of the Empire, as Jesus had commanded him (Acts 23:11).

Christ, the Lord of Light, calls on us today, in the Year of our Lord, 2009, to further Paul's great mission.

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
| email: pwhitmore29@yahoo.com



Sunday, January 25, 2009

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, apostle





Lives of the saints:
http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/










Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:
www.nccbuscc.org/nab/index.htm

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