Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Conversion of St Paul

We started the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity by examining the Confession of St Peter, who was one of Jesus' strongest supporters.

But of course no story of Unity, or our faith, would be complete without mentioning one of his biggest detractors; Saul of Tarsus.

As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"
"Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked.
"I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he replied. "Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."
The men travelling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything
. Acts 9 : 3-9

Peter was a simple fisherman.  Paul was an educated man.
Peter was a disciple.  Paul hunted disciples.
Peter spent three years with Jesus.  Paul never met him in the flesh.

Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit." Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength.– Acts 9:13-19

Jesus called them both to share the message, even if he had to strike Paul blind for three days to get him on board.

Whoever we are;  whatever we have done; HE has a use and a plan for us.  We just need to be open to it.

1 comment:

  1. Great juxtaposition of the qualities of two great saints.
    God bless you, Sharkie!


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