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Conversion of St. Paul January 25

Today’s Mass Readings

Conversion of St. Paul January 25.

Acts 9: 1-22.

We pray for the deep healing sorrow that St. Paul experienced on the road to Damascus.

It is easy to get caught up
in the dramatics of St. Paul’s conversion.

It wasn’t the light that blinded Paul’s eyes and his vision.

It wasn’t the voice of Jesus
that he heard that caused his conversion.
It was solely the love Jesus had for him
while he was in a murderous state
heading to Damascus to take prisoners to their execution.
We all know that loving affection of Jesus.

We call that love MERCY.

We don’t turn from sin and live a virtuous life
because we intellectually know something is morally wrong,
something is evil in us.

That’s the law which Paul tells us
has no power to save us.
Jesus is teaching us through St. Paul’s conversion
that every sin, no matter how small, persecutes Jesus.

It is a real anguish of Jesus that converts us.

It is the torment of Jesus
that goes on in his heart until we repent.

His physical sufferings on the cross
show us the depth of his grief.
Ask Jesus to give you a sliver of his torment
and the claws that sin has on your life
will fall like the scales fell from Paul’s eyes.

Do not be afraid.

The Lord Jesus is with you.
A sliver of his torment will only fill your eyes with deep, healing sorrow.

“Blessed are those who mourn they will be comforted.”

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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