Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Conversion of St. Paul

Paul’s entire life can be explained in terms of one experience—his meeting with Jesus on the road to Damascus. After he was devoting his life to harassing the church: “...entering house after house and dragging out men and women, he handed them over for imprisonment” (Acts 8:3b). Now he himself was “entered,” into one goal—being a servant of Christ, an instrument to help others experience our Lord.




Paul’s life became tireless, proclaiming and living out the message of Christ: "Christians die baptismally to sin and are buried with Christ; they are dead to all that is sinful and unredeemed in the world. They are made into a new creation, already sharing Christ’s victory and someday to rise from the dead like him. Through this risen Christ the Father pours out the Spirit on them, making them completely new. " (American Catholic)

So Paul’s great message to the world was: You are saved entirely by God, not by anything you can do. Saving faith is the gift of free, personal and loving commitment to Christ.