January 25, 2012
Feast of the Conversion of Saint
Paul, the apostle
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Jesus appeared to the Eleven and
said to them, "Go into the whole world and proclaim
the Gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized
will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.
These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name
they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages.
They will pick up serpents with their hands, and if
they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them.
They will lay hands on the sick, and they will
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I renew my faith in
the power of your word. I come to you today
to listen to you and allow you to lead me.
I renew my trust in your mercy: You are constantly
looking upon me and the world with love. I want
to love you in return and lead others to love
Petition: Fill me with the power of your
good news, Lord.
1. The World Needs Messengers of
Hope: Jesus Christ is the message that everyone vitally needs.
He is God’s message to man, the message that tells
people that God loves them deeply and offers them a
way to true life and salvation. Our world often looks
for love in the wrong places; it needs to find
the answer to its deepest desires in Christ. But who
will spread this message? Those like St. Paul who take
Christ’s love seriously and see that they, too, can become
messengers of hope. Am I meant to be a messenger
2. God Acts Powerfully in Those Who
Trust Him: St. Paul is an example of what God
can do through someone who trusts in him. St. Paul
valued the grace Christ gave him. He put his life
totally in the hands of Christ and was not afraid
to proclaim him to everyone he met. Even though Paul
faced many difficulties, his work produced enormous fruit and helped
extend the number of Christian communities. Do I believe that
Christ can work through me as I participate in the
New Evangelization? In what ways can I trust him more?
3. Our Opportunity Is Now: St. Paul and the
first apostles did not wait until all the circumstances were
right before beginning evangelization. Once Christ had touched their lives
and once he had given them the command to begin,
they began right away. The Church has asked us to
begin again today. Like St. Paul, we must feel that
the fire of Christ’s love impels us (cf. 2 Corinthians
5:14). We cannot wait until the circumstances are favorable; we
must do whatever we can now. We have already experienced
Christ’s love. Why are we waiting to share it? What
holds me back from a greater surrender to the work
Conversation with Christ: Lord, like Saint
Paul I have been touched by your love, and I
have heard your command to go out and spread the
good news. I renew my trust in your companionship, and
I resolve to do all I can to bring your
Gospel to others. Help me to keep my eyes on
Resolution: Today I will share a thought from
the Gospel or from the Holy Father’s teaching with at
least two people whom I encounter.