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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 25 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 22:3-16 or Acts 9:1-22
Psalm 117:1bc, 2
Mark 16:15-18

A reflection on today's Scripture:

St. Paul's conversion is worked out in stages.

The Lord's plan will lead him into the midst of the community of faith he has been persecuting and to the sacrament of Baptism. Despite his zealous persecution of the followers of Jesus, he does not associate the words "why are you persecuting me?" with Jesus. Perhaps the Lord wants Paul to ask "Who are you, sir?" before revealing Himself.

Paul recognizes that he must change: "What shall I do, sir?" Conversion requires repentance and a resolution to act in a new way. The Lord sends him to Damascus. Paul must associate himself with the Christians. He who was so fierce is left for the time being totally dependent for his safety, personal needs and the healing of his soul.

Forms of dependency can be a difficult aspect of conversion to accept. The Lord, in calling his disciples, gave them a mission (Mark 16:15-18) ) and through the Church, Paul is given his: "you will be his witness before all to what you have seen and heard." Through Baptism, Paul's conversion is completed, his sins washed away, as he dies unto Christ and rises, anointed by the Holy Spirit.

Conversion will have a culmination, as significant as the Sacraments of Initiation (as with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) or a profoundly truthful confession in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, or healing prayer with a prayer group, or with a spiritual mentor. The steps that Jesus led Paul to help us to understand what may be necessary at times when a conversion is the will of the Lord.

~ Rev. Stephen H. Gratto | email: smartins@frontiernet.net

Monday, January 25, 2010

Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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