Friday, January 25, 2008

Celebrating St. Paul's Conversion

A meditation for the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.

Today we hear a vivid description of Paul: the first reading from Acts (Acts 22:3-16) says he was "breathing murderous threats" against the Christians. It wasn't a gentle look! But God met Paul's look, and it changed Paul's life. Paul had a vision of the face of Christ, and then he went off to Arabia for his "novitiate." From that time on, Paul was an emphatic lover of Christ. He was his Beloved forever.

I was looking up the word "conversion" today and I found: "See contrition." That made me think of Peter, who also saw the face of Christ (after he denied Christ three times). Peter met Christ's eyes and what happened interiorly we do not know; but it too changed Peter.

What would happened if you were walking along and you saw Christ? What would His look bring out in you? Such a reaction shows the state of the soul. If you answer His look with love, He will lead you to a yet deeper love.

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