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January 25, 2022

Daily Reflection for Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Tuesday’s readings at this link:https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/012522.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Acts 22:3-16
Responsorial: Psalm 117: 1bc-2
Gospel: Mark 16:15-18

Our reflection on Tuesday’s readings:
He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him,
Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?       
Acts 22:7

The New Testament contains a small number of conversion stories.  Most of them take place after a miracle has been performed and observed by people who may have been receptive to a change in their lives. 

Not this one.  Saul did not want his life to be changed. 

He was so pleased with the way things were going that he was zealous about keeping the status quo intact. Saul seemed obsessed with persecuting the followers of Jesus who were trying to change things   He went to the elders to obtain warrants to arrest them and bring them to Jerusalem for trial. 

This, however, was not God’s plan.  God needed to impress on Saul that there was a new plan and struck him blind to awaken him to the need for change.  This was such an important conversion that the story is repeated twice in Acts:  Acts 9:1-2 and Acts 22:3-16.

Saul is known by us today as Paul the Apostle or Saint Paul. After his conversion he became a prolific evangelizer and his letters to the early Christian communities make up a large part of our Liturgy of the Word at Mass.

Not all conversion stories are as vivid or dramatic as Saul’s.  We look in our own lives to see what conversions we have experienced and what was the  result of them?  What happened after we attended a Christ Renews His Parish weekend, a different retreat, or some other powerful spiritual experience?  Was this a conversion or a deepening of our faith and discipleship?  What have we done with the experience?  And what are we doing now? 

As the story of Saul shows, a conversion does not have to be a one-and-done thing. It can and should be leading us to a new way of life.

Peace,
Al Ammons

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

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