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Reflections and Perspectives

Welcome! Reflections, Testimonials, and Perspectives for St. Mary Magdalen are offered by our priests, deacons, parishioners, and others as guest writers. We will offer a Sunday Reflection as well as other topics. 

  • Deacon Anthony Cincotta

The Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle

Acts of the Apostles 22:3-16 or 9:1-22, Psalm 117, & Mark 16:15-18

The conversion of Saul of Tarsus is one of the more colorful stories in the Acts of the Apostles. In fact, it is told twice, in Chapters 9 and 22. Next to our Lord Jesus, Paul is the most prominent person in the New Testament. Of its 27 books, 13 letters are attributed to Paul. More than half of Acts is devoted to Paul's conversion and his apostolic activities of spreading the Good News about Jesus.

As we look into Saint Paul's life, we learn to appreciate his apostolic passion and ministry enthusiasm as becoming the very foundation of the Church as we know it as a multicultural, multifaceted, and global presence.

We know the background story of Saul of Tarsus and his incredible conversation experience. Instead of looking at who he was, let's look and reflect on who he became:

  • By his conversion, Paul advanced from being blind to seeing with the eyes of Christ. We reflect, "Can we see how we need to convert to Jesus' way of love and mercy?"

  • By his conversion, Paul revealed the Spirit's power to change us, and through us, to transform the world. We reflect, "Despite our occasional blindness and stubbornness, how has the Spirit used us as a chosen instrument to make Jesus known and to change our world for the better?"

  • By his conversion, Paul encourages us to proclaim the Gospel to everyone. We reflect, "Am I up to the challenge to carry our Lord to places He has not walked before?"

  • By his conversion from a prosecutor to a believer, Paul became our mentor and teacher in the Christian faith. We reflect, "Are we open enough to ask ourselves if we are prepared to experience a conversion in those areas of faith and focus on the love and mercy of the Lord?"

By his conversion, Saint Paul has shown us the way "to go into the world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature." He did it, and so can we.

Question of the Day: How will you remove the "spiritual blindness" in your life to proclaim Jesus as our Lord and Savior?

Prayer: "…in whose case the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, so that they may not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."

(2 Corinthians 4:4)


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