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Thursday, January 25, 2024

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Conversion of St. Paul

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

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“Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to all creation. The man who believes in it and accepts baptism will be saved; the man who refuses to believe in it will be condemned.” —Mark 16:15-16

Today the Church celebrates the feast of the conversion of St. Paul. Are you thrilled or at least happy to celebrate Paul’s conversion or anyone’s conversion? How much do you want all “to be saved and come to know the truth”? (1 Tm 2:4) Are you willing to become “the slave of all so as to win over as many as possible”? (1 Cor 9:19) Will you make yourself “all things to all men in order to save at least some of them”? (1 Cor 9:22)

Many people are more interested in who wins the Super Bowl than in who is converting to Christ. Many people desire to watch the news more than hear the Good News of the Bible. How many Catholics prefer to eat breakfast rather than to receive Holy Communion?

If you suffer tragedy after tragedy like Job did, do you still consider the sufferings of the present as nothing (see Rm 8:18) compared to the joy of seeing one sinner repent? (see Lk 15:7, 10) Or does one little problem outweigh in importance all the conversions in the world, even your own conversion? Paul’s conversion, or anyone’s conversion, is so important that we should rejoice in it forever — even in the midst of all kinds of sufferings.

What makes your day? Is it conversion or perversion?

Prayer:  Father, convert me. Use me to convert many others.

Promise:  “Immediately something like scales fell from his eyes and he regained his sight. He got up and was baptized.” —Acts 9:18

Praise:  St. Paul had been named Saul for the first king of Israel, but was re-named Paul, that is, “small,” having encountered the Lord Jesus in great majesty.


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