Friday, April 19, 2013
Peter's and Paul's: Daily Mass Homily--Friday, April 19th, 2013
We hear one of the most dramatic conversions in our reading from Acts this morning. Saul, “still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord” sought permission to arrest and persecute Christians. On his way to Damascus, Saul was knocked down and heard a voice from the sky saying, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” What follows is the 180 conversion of Saul’s life from a foremost persecutor of Christians to the foremost evangelist for Christ.
We might look at our own lives and think, “My faith story is lame compared to this!” Yet we must remember that God works in both Paul’s and Peter’s. The former in more dramatic conversions and the latter among us who know Jesus and continue to seek conversions of depth.
The point isn’t so much how we came to the Lord, but that we came to the Lord. We have been blessed with the gift of Baptism which Paul experienced in Acts. We are blessed to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus in the Eucharist.
There are Paul’s and Peter’s in our faith community, but the point is that our stories connect to the story of the Eucharist which we celebrate momentarily.