Sunday, January 25, 2009

The conversion of Saul

"I am not ashamed of the Gospel"

Feast of the Conversion of St Paul
In Celebration of the 2000th year anniversary of St. Paul
January 25, 2009
Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City Philippines
A decisive event in the beginning of the Church.

I guess it would be wrong to present Paul as an evil man who finally finds the right path.
Paul from his youth felt the obsession to dedicate himself to the service of God (see Acts 22:3-4; Gal 1:14), that is why he religiously studied the law in the best Rabbinical schools of his day.
The Jews found Saul dependable and dedicated, and entrusted to him the difficult task of eliminating the new and suspicious doctrines of the followers of Christ. We all know what happened on the road to Damascus. It is interesting that the others with Saul on that road saw the light but did not hear the sound (Acts 9:7). I have heard is said that God's intelligibility is too much for the human mind to comprehend, in much the same way that one could not look directly at the sun - one would be blinded. That is what probably happened to Saul on that road. Paul's conversion also tells us that those who sincerely seek the truth will finally see light at the end of the day.


sunnyday said...

This episode in Paul's life is so dramatic and also very inspiring for me!

WillyJ said...

So true. Actually everything in his life is so dramatic. Stoned, beaten, shipwrecked, bitten by a snake, imprisoned...he is the Apostle to the Gentiles who doesn't blink. hindi natitinag e. A true warrior of God.