On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 25, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Today as we reflect on St Paul’s conversion, we want to deeply reflect on our very own conversion story. How our merciful and ever loving Lord Jesus touched us and how life had been changed by and through His grace. How the Spirit of the Lord filled us with such zeal that we began to desire and search how best we could serve Him and our brethren. That very encounter with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has filled us with immense peace, love and joy! And so we must go out and share our very own unique and wonderful conversion story so that others may hear the wonders of our Lord and desire that same encounter with Him.

For those reading this reflection and feel somewhat envious because you feel that you have not had such an experience or an encounter with Jesus fret not. Our Lord truly wants a deep and personal relationship with you. You simply need to come as you are before Him, no need to try and change first, come as you are! There is no sin too great that He will not forgive. Let Him heal you and free you from your sins and fill you with His grace, love, peace and joy. Give your heart and mind and soul to Him and He will embrace you and lead you into His ways everlasting. Amen

First reading

Acts 22:3-16 ·

‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’

Paul said to the people, ‘I am a Jew and was born at Tarsus in Cilicia. I was brought up here in this city. I studied under Gamaliel and was taught the exact observance of the Law of our ancestors. In fact, I was as full of duty towards God as you are today. I even persecuted this Way to the death, and sent women as well as men to prison in chains as the high priest and the whole council of elders can testify, since they even sent me with letters to their brothers in Damascus. When I set off it was with the intention of bringing prisoners back from there to Jerusalem for punishment.

    ‘I was on that journey and nearly at Damascus when about midday a bright light from heaven suddenly shone round me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” I answered: Who are you, Lord? and he said to me, “I am Jesus the Nazarene, and you are persecuting me.” The people with me saw the light but did not hear his voice as he spoke to me. I said: What am I to do, Lord? The Lord answered, “Stand up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told what you have been appointed to do.” The light had been so dazzling that I was blind and my companions had to take me by the hand; and so I came to Damascus.

    ‘Someone called Ananias, a devout follower of the Law and highly thought of by all the Jews living there, came to see me; he stood beside me and said, “Brother Saul, receive your sight.” Instantly my sight came back and I was able to see him. Then he said, “The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will, to see the Just One and hear his own voice speaking, because you are to be his witness before all mankind, testifying to what you have seen and heard. And now why delay? It is time you were baptised and had your sins washed away while invoking his name.”’

Gospel

Mark 16:15-18

Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News

Jesus showed himself to the Eleven and said to them:

    ‘Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation. He who believes and is baptised will be saved; he who does not believe will be condemned. These are the signs that will be associated with believers: in my name they will cast out devils; they will have the gift of tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and be unharmed should they drink deadly poison; they will lay their hands on the sick, who will recover.’

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