This coming Monday, Jan. 25th is the Feast of the conversion of St. Paul. Normally on this Feast Day, we have a school-wide Mass, followed by a wonderful lunch as a community in the gym, and an afternoon of fun and entertainment. Of course, this is not the case this year. We do, however, have some activities planned for the students, and we look forward to celebrating the life of St. Paul: his conversion, his writings, his missionary work, and how he devoted his life to God.
As a young man, Paul was known as Saul, and fiercely persecuted any followers of Jesus. On the road to Damascus, Saul was struck down in a blinding light, and in the confusion around him he heard a voice…, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” Saul answered, “Who are you, Sir?” The only answer that came was, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting.” After his conversion, Saul became Paul, and launched a tireless missionary career that took him all over the Middle East, and ultimately to Rome.
God calls each of us in our daily lives, the same way he called Paul. He wants us to “Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.” (Mk 16:15) In order to respond to such a call we, like St. Paul, need to listen with our hearts and ask, “What must I do?”
Yours in faith,