Saturday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

Saturday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

January 25, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

The Acts of the Apostles 9:1-22

Psalm 117

Mark 16:15-18

 

Today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles is the story of Saul’s transformation to the man would become known as Paul the Apostle.  It is a story we have heard many times.  Yet, today as I reflect on it, I was struck not by Saul being blinded and then given the ability to see again, but rather the struggle of the disciple, Ananias.

Imagine that you are a faithful convert to the new “Way” called Christianity.  You follow the Savior and His teachings with all of your heart and mind.  And, because of that, you and the other Christian followers live at perpetual risk of persecution and death.  Yet, you still continue to believe and serve.

Then, Jesus comes to you in a vision.  You answer eagerly, “Here I am Lord.”  You are told to go to the man who has been most instrumental in the torture and persecution of Christians and be an instrument of this man’s healing.  Can you hear your inner self resisting and thinking our Lord has made a mistake in choosing you?  “Lord, you must be wrong!  This man is pure evil.  Why me?”   

But the Lord persists and says to Ananias, “Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before Gentiles, kings, and children of Israel.”  And, as we hear in the Gospel, Ananias goes and does as he was instructed.

We don’t really know if Ananias responded to our Lord without questions and without trepidation.  I personally feel that he went joyfully and part of Saul’s transformation into Paul. 

Ananias’ story is a dramatic one.  You and I may not be asked to go to aid someone like Saul.  However, I do know we are asked time and again to leave our comfort zone and do things that don’t seem exactly right to us.   Do we argue, do we resist, or do we act?  Here is where we ask ourselves “W.W.J.D.?” (What Would Jesus Do.)  By asking ourselves that question we are lead to the immediate answer of “yes” we would. 

Question of the Day:  Do you trust Jesus enough to go to the aid of another and assist them in their conversion experience?

Prayer:  Lord, open my eyes and my heart to your Holy Word of everlasting life.

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