Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Conversion Leading To Evangelization
In the Conversion of St Paul, the feast the Church celebrates today, we see Paul's complete transformation. He is not only knocked off his horse, but is literally blinded by the Light of Christ who asks Paul why he is persecuting Him.
Paul wastes no time in carrying out the orders Our Lord gave him. He repented, conversion and change took deep root in him and he went forth from that change to evangelize bringing the Gospel to those near and far.
Paul is a wonderful example for us. Conversion, I have to constantly be reminded, is not a one time thing; it is a daily and constant process. I also need to remember that my conversion and my faith are not for me to keep all to myself, but I am to go forth from this place, preaching the Gospel not only through what I say, but also in the way that I live. It should be Christ that people see, not me. Or as John the Baptist said: "I must decrease so that He may increase."
God the Father tells St Catherine of Siena to: "Go forth from this place of contemplation and bear fruit that will last" (The Dialogue)
True conversion leads to evangelization. There are so many in our own little circles that need Jesus and need to hear His Gospel. Let us ask St Paul today to intercede for us so that we may follow his example of sharing the gift of faith that has been so richly given to us.
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.