Jesus showed himself to the Eleven and said to them, «Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; the one who refuses to believe will be condemned. Signs like these will accompany those who have believed: in my Name they will cast out demons and speak new languages; they will pick up snakes and, if they drink anything poisonous, they will be unharmed. They will lay their hands on the sick and they will be healed».
Some of us have one such experience of meeting someone exceptional. These human encounters transform us and mark certain effects permanent. Paul will keep this wonderful gift of God and the Church of God gave him the gift of mercy and love. Paul experienced this forgiveness, not only in Jesus, but also in the Church of the Lord.
The conversion of St. Paul is a gift of the Lord to the Church, so that through Paul that the world understands the divine mercy and love. Each and every one of us is a gift- to the Church and are called to be the living sign of Divine mercy in the world. It is in this mercy and love that we recreate the same encounter of Paul and give life to our brothers and sister.
By our baptism, we are called to have such experience and be a witness of divine forgiveness. The same God who has forgiven Saul, is still there waiting for you and me. Let us surrender to Him and receive the personal mission from the Lord.
Action of the day: Be a sign of divine mercy.
Daily Quote from the early church fathers:
Our witness is trustworthy if we live accordingly,
by John Chrysostom (347-407 AD)
"For [Paul] truly became a witness to [Jesus], and a witness as one should be, both by what he did and by what he said. We too must be such witnesses and not betray what we have been entrusted. I speak not only of doctrines, but also of our way of life. Look, what he knew, what he heard, he bore witness to this before all, and nothing hindered him. We too have heard that there is a resurrection and ten thousand good things; therefore, we ought to bear witness to this before all. 'We do in fact bear witness,' you say, 'and believe.' How, since we do the opposite? Tell me, if someone should say he was a Christian but should then apostatize and act like a Jew, would his testimony be sufficient? No, not at all; for people would look for testimony through his actions. Likewise, if we say that that there is a resurrection and ten thousand good things but then look down upon them and prefer the things here, who will believe us? For all people pay attention not to what we say but to what we do. 'You will be a witness,' [Christ] says, 'to all' (Acts 1:8). That is, not only to the friends, but also to the unbelievers. For this is what witnesses are for: they persuade not those who know but those who do not. Let us become trustworthy witnesses. How will we become trustworthy? By the life we lead." (excerpt from HOMILIES ON THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES 47)