In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Loving God, sometimes we are hurtful to others in what we do and what we say.
Help us to follow your path so that we may lead your way. Change our hearts so we can follow you.
Today is the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul and we hear the story of a big change of heart!
Paul was born in Turkey and lived around the time of Jesus but never met him. As a
young man, he was very bright and was a tent-maker by trade. And, he hated Christians.
When he grew older he tortured and hassled the followers of Jesus. So, how did he convert
to become one of Jesus’ great followers?
One day, Paul was on his way to Damascus to hunt down some more Christians. He was suddenly hit by a bright light which surrounded him, and it knocked him to the ground. Jesus spoke to him and asked why he was doing the terrible things to Christians. In that moment, Paul received the gift of faith to believe in Jesus. He transformed to a follower of Jesus and went on to spread the Word of Jesus until his death.
St Paul is a tremendous example of Christian leadership. Once he experienced Jesus presence and his heart was opened, he used his gifts of preaching and teaching to work for the common good of the early church. He is a great example of someone who uses his skills and talents wisely.
We pray today:
God, surround us with Your light
Give us new vision to follow you,
for it is in blindness to distractions
that we may see Your light.
With the fierce determination and courage of St. Paul we enter our day in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.