Malvern Minute – Wednesday
Malvern Minute

 

January 25, 2017 – The Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle

 Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (22:3-16)

Paul addressed the people in these words: “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city.
At the feet of Gamaliel I was educated strictly in our ancestral law and was zealous for God, just as all of you are today. I persecuted this Way to death, binding both men and women and delivering them to prison. Even the high priest and the whole council of elders can testify on my behalf. For from them I even received letters to the brothers and set out for Damascus to bring back to Jerusalem in chains for punishment those there as well.

“On that journey as I drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from the sky suddenly shone around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ I replied, ‘Who are you, sir?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazorean whom you are persecuting.’ My companions saw the light but did not hear the voice of the one who spoke to me. I asked, ‘What shall I do, sir?’ The Lord answered me, ‘Get up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told about everything appointed for you to do.’  Since I could see nothing because of the brightness of that light, I was led by hand by my companions and entered Damascus.

“A certain Ananias, a devout observer of the law, and highly spoken of by all the Jews who lived there, came to me and stood there and said, ‘Saul, my brother, regain your sight.’ And at that very moment I regained my sight and saw him. Then he said, ‘The God of our ancestors designated you to know his will, to see the Righteous One, and to hear the sound of his voice; for you will be his witness before all to what you have seen and heard. Now, why delay? Get up and have yourself baptized and your sins washed away, calling upon his name.'”
Reflect: Do not delay. God worked mightily in the life of Saul who became Paul. As a committed persecutor of the “Way”, the Church, God took his vision away from the perspective of the world, his world, and gave him new sight so that he could see and be led by the Truth. Paul is not alone. We all struggle on the journey. Jesus is constantly calling us to focus not on the perspective of the world, but on his Word, his Way, and his Truth. Perhaps, today is a good time to pause and reflect about where we need conversion today.  Maybe it is jealousy, pride, lust, unforgiveness, or indifference that is holding us back from living fully in God’s light. Do not delay. He has work for us to do.

What is distracting me from seeing God’s light in my life or hearing his call to a deeper conversion? One is the one area that is most in need of change in my life? Can I offer that area, that struggle to Jesus today and ask that he show me the light of his Truth?

 

Pray: Loving God, open my eyes to your mission of love, mercy and service, and give me the strength to correct past wrongs. May those I have hurt be healed and fortified by your grace. I ask this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Paul: Pray for us!

 

ENCOUNTERING THE DIVINE PHYSICIAN (Gospel of Luke 5: 17-26)

Consider joining the Men and Women of Malvern by deepening your personal relationship with Jesus and your commitment as a disciple through a weekend retreat.  See our website for details:  MalvernRetreat.com

addiction-support family find-us history grief-or-loss marriage mens storiespng testimonial womens young-adulthood healing our-grounds prayers calendar malvern-live retreats2go plan-your-visit donate