Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 30 April – 6 May 2017
“But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:”
St. Paul, previously known as Saul of Tarsus, was a well-known persecutor of Christians during his time. Further cementing his reputation, he personally participated in the stoning of St. Stephen and was on his way to Damascus to apprehend believers there.
However, things changed when he received a vision on the road of the risen Christ, blinding him in the process. Following the instructions given to him, he went to Damascus, was restored to sight by Ananias and was baptized and became a missionary of Jesus Christ. He traveled around the world, converting not only Jews but also the Gentiles and wrote more than half of the New Testament through his epistles.
Paul’s conversion is a testament that God is all powerful and can use even a sinner to serve Him. His conversion is also an example of how a person, no matter how sinful s/he is, can still receive God’s pardon and turn away from his/her sinful life. Such chances are given to us by God because of His unfailing love, giving us the opportunity to receive Christ as our savior and be saved from our sins.
Today, God is asking us to follow the example of St. Paul of conversion, repentance and service. Will you follow his footsteps?
Nothing can out-sin God’s forgiveness.