Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle (January 25)   8 comments

Above: The Conversion of St. Paul, by Caravaggio (circa 1601)

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The Road to Damascus

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The Listed Lections for This Feast Day:

Acts 26:9-21

Psalm 67

Galatians 1:11-24

Matthew 10:16-22

The Collect:

O God, by the preaching of your apostle Paul you have caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world: Grant, we pray, that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may show ourselves thankful to you by following his holy teaching; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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I have opted not to type in the readings for this feast.  So, without further ado, my thoughts follow.

Saul of Tarsus, a Roman citizen and observant Jew trained in the traditions of his faith, was a militant.  Considering the nascent Jesus movement a threat, he persecuted it in the name of God.  He did this until God intervened.  As a result Saul became Paul, a great apostle of Christianity and proponent to preaching to Gentiles.  Paul was a great man of history, a person on whom the direction of history pivoted.  He was one reason I, a Gentile, am a Christian.  And Paul wrote, dictated, and otherwise influenced 14 of the 27 books of the New Testament.  His legacy is one a student of Christianity cannot ignore.

The accounts from Acts make clear the important role of Ananias in facilitating Saul/Paul’s conversion, and Ananias is certainly a good role model.  Yet I wonder about characters of whom the text says little.  I think of Saul’s traveling companions, who took him to Damascus.  They must have noticed that something had happened to Saul.  Did the events on the Road to Damascus affect them?  If so, how?  Could the events have not affected them?

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 11, 2010

FEAST OF ST. BARNABAS THE APOSTLE

FEAST OF THE REVEREND VERNON JOHNS, U.S. CIVIL RIGHTS PIONEER

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Posted June 11, 2010 by neatnik2009 in January, Saints of 29-199 C.E.

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