Readings and Reflections for Friday 25 January 2019: Epiphany

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Eucharistic Readings for the Conversion of St. Paul

Acts 26:9-21 Psalm 67 Galatians 1:11-24 Matthew 10:16-22

“But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” (Matt. 10:22b)

Today we remember the Conversion of St. Paul.  Some Church friends and I went to see “Paul the Apostle.”  It was a really good movie. The best part for me was the ending, wherein we saw Paul’s reward.  I’m not going to go any further.  I would like for you to see it for yourself.  The movie reminds me that we live our Christian lives for the reward, that is, to be saved. I think too many of us forget that.

 I think we get so wrapped up in this life we begin to feel that this is it and that this is all there is.  We must remember that this life is not eternal.  For those of us that lead hard or painful lives, this is good news.  But even for us that don’t have it so bad there is still a better life to come if we persevere, if we endure to the end.  We must remember that it is not what people think about us, rather it is what God knows about us.  But thanks be to God, God is loving and merciful. A decision that cost us time and money here in this life, for the benefit of someone else, that they might be taken care of, is pleasing in Gods sight. Some of the blessings we have here are for us to pass on. It was never ours to keep. Like Abraham, we are to be blessed and bless.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people.

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Acts of the Apostles

“After that, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout the countryside of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God and do deeds consistent with repentance.”   (Acts 26: 19 – 20) 

Today we remember the Conversion of St. Paul.  He was met by the resurrected Jesus on his way to Damascus. It was on that road that turned his life around, and ours too. Saul was serious about how people should believe in, and worship God.  And there were no deviations as far as he was concerned.  But then he encountered Jesus and was asked “Why?” 

 Once we know, we can’t UN-know.  Once we have been made to know and feel the loving nature of God by meeting Jesus, it is a life changing experience and we too like Paul will have been changed, and the change is forever. How has the Jesus experience changed you? Live the conversion!

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people.

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