St. Paul thought he was doing the right thing. Don't we all! Only to have Christ knock us from our high horse and say "Wait a minute! Why are you doing this?" Sometimes Christ speaks through our spouses, our parents, friends and even our kids. Ever have one of those innocent faces look up at you with a questioning look and you just want to melt into the floor? Our anger, sleep deprivation, or frustration sometimes gets the better of us and we may persecute the ones around us. But here's the beautiful thing about Christ. If we allow him, He uses our weaknesses and our strengths to complete His work. Paul's zeal and passion, when Christ directed, saved, well, all of us! My heritage isn't Jewish, so if it weren't for Paul, I might not know the love of Christ today. Christ wants you to be Paul to your domestic church!
One more thing: Listen to the voice of Christ today. He may speak to you through His word, through others, or directly to your heart. Take the time to examine your actions for the day and find out of you are persecuting Him in how you treat others. Open your heart to Him and let him guide your words and deeds. You'll feel better and everyone around you will too!
Prayer: Dear Lord, somedays I may need to be knocked down. Speak to me as you see fit and open my heart to hear you. Then, give me Paul's zeal for your will! In your Holy Name, I pray. Amen.