The Conversion of St. Paul
Paul really got knocked of his high horse by the Lord. The thing about Paul is he thought he was doing the right thing. He was a devout man who was respected in his faith. He was trying to be the best Jew he could be, but Christ had much more planned for him.
One more thing: Ever feel like Christ gives you a swift kick in the pants? Especially when it comes to parenting? Friday and Monday's gospel were about being counter-cultural and not worrying about what people think. But today, we find Jesus giving some serious path correction. He does that for me when I get too pious. Like when I think I have this parenting thing all figured out and pass judgement about someone's lack of control over her kids. I can almost bet that the next time I'm in the grocery store my little one will through a tantrum, or one of my teens will bring home a failing grade. Just like Paul, I think I'm doing my best, but Christ challenges me to be even better!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me when I persecute you by hurting others! Thank you for always showing me the way to you when I take a detour. Help me to keep my focus on eternal life with you. In your precious name I pray, Amen. St. Paul, pray for us.