Friday, January 25, 2013

Christ offers you a Chrysalis

In the alternate reading for today,the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle, we read about the days when St. Paul was still a devout Jew called Saul, the days when he could not see that the Love of Christ fulfills the Old Law, and went about assisting in the murders of the early Christians. Then, his life was broken open and remade anew.
Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that, if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way, he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains.

On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus, a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”

He said, “Who are you, sir?”

The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do.”

The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, for they heard the voice but could see no one. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him to Damascus. For three days he was unable to see, and he neither ate nor drank.

-- Acts 9:1-9

Like Our Lord's three days in the tomb followed by the Resurrection, after Saul's three days of illness, he was reborn as Paul, the most effective Apostle of Jesus Christ the world has ever known.

How are your sins persecuting the Lord, nailing him to the Cross? How, if you let Him, might He help you to be reborn into someone you never imagined?

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