Posted by: livingscripture | January 25, 2014

Second Saturday in Ordinary Time – Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul

From the Word of the Day

“Who are you, sir?  I am Jesus the Nazorean whom you are persecuting.

(Acts 22: 3-16)

How should we live this Word?Paul conversion

In the Acts of the Apostles, Luke often narrates the beginning of Paul’s mission, the moment that we usually call ‘the conversion of St. Paul’.  In his letters, Paul himself often speaks of it, without any shade of boasting, but to emphasize how important the choice was, the call, the mission that Jesus Himself entrusted to him, the very one who had so ardently persecuted Him.

Now Paul is anxious to get up, to separate himself from his one-sided convictions.  He wants to open his eyes and listen to those who can awaken him to the true face of the Lord.  Not only this…he is the Lord’s chosen instrument to bring His name before the nations and even to suffer for His name.

Following the events on his way to Damascus, Paul will thereafter continually seek to respond to the question he had asked God, “Sir, who are you?”  The first answer he perceives regards his life up to that moment.  The second response, Paul will articulate with his preaching, with his letters, and above all, with his life.  They are a gift for each of us so that we too may remember always our call and our mission as Christians.  “Christ in fact did not send me to baptize, but to proclaim the Gospel, not with wise words, so that the Cross of Christ may not be made void”.  (Cf Cor. 1: 17)

Today in my time for silent contemplation, I will take to heart my Christian mission of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ with my words and with my life. 

The voice of Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2014                  

Paul is invited to announce salvation…without wise words, in order to not render useless the death of Christ on the Cross.  The journey toward unity must be found in the power of the Cross.  The Gospel we proclaim is made tangible and relevant for us in the measure in which we render witness to the work of Jesus Christ in our life and in the life of the Christian community.

 


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