Posted by: livingscripture | January 25, 2012

Conversion of St. Paul

From the Word of the Day

“Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

                                   Mark 16: 15                                                                                               

How should we live this Word 

Today we celebrate the conversion of St. Paul.  Using Jesus’ words, the Church invites us to proclaim our faith.  The passage of Mark’s Gospel opens to us the mission of the apostles, a universal mission for the whole world and for every creature.  The response to that proclamation will always be either adhesion to the faith, baptism, and salvation or incredulity, rejection, and condemnation.

From being a persecutor of the Christians, at the voice of the Christ seen in a vision, he becomes the Lord’s ardent apostle. Jesus assures that the preaching of the apostles will be supported by special signs that manifest Jesus as the Lord of creation.  The typical miracles listed are indications of the overcoming of all the evils that afflict humanity.

Today, the Church continues to realize Christ’s promise, not only through proclaiming the Gospel, but also by bringing about an immense multiplicity of works networked throughout the world like schools, orphanages, hospitals, homes for the terminally ill, homes for the aged, movements working for justice everywhere, for freeing slaves, for peace, etc.  Bishops, Priests, Sisters, Christian lay people can be found everywhere, continuing Christ’s mission in the Church.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will thank God for the gift of my faith.  I will thank the Church for giving me so many possibilities for spiritual growth and so many helps through fraternal solidarity for all dimensions of life.

Lord Jesus, I want to participate always in Your mission in the world so that it may be ever more efficacious and reach every person with words and gestures of salvation and love.  I believe in Your name, Jesus, Son of the living God.

The voice of St. Paul

Just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, even though many are one body, thus it is with Christ.  If one member suffers, all the members suffer.  If one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

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