Today is the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. I think it is highly significant that this year this feast coincides with the March for Life. Interesting, isn’t it? We see the story of Saul’s (Paul’s birth name) conversion in two places in Acts of the Apostles. In chapter 9, the account is told in third person. Luke, the author of Acts, recounts the story. However, in chapter 22 of Acts, St. Paul tells the story from a first person perspective.
As the story goes, Saul was on the road to Damascus when he got a vision of Jesus. This started a chain of events that led to Saul becoming an Apostle, the author of the bulk of the New Testament and arguably the greatest evangelist in the history of Christianity. Have you ever heard the expression, “He got knocked off his high horse?” Many believe the origin of that is from the story of the conversion of St. Paul. But the Scriptures say nothing of him being knocked off his horse. But we do know that this was a dramatic event.
Sometimes God uses very dramatic events to get our attention. I can tell you this is the case in my life. Perhaps yours, too. But this is not always the case. With some people conversion is much more of a gradual, quiet process. However it works, we must be in a constant state of conversion. There will always be areas of our lives where we need to give it up to God. Hopefully, the process is already started. How about we keep it up today?
Father, convert our hearts today. Knock us off of our high horses and help us to turn every area of our lives over to you this day. Amen.