Yet I consider life of no importance to me
– the beginning of verse 24, chapter 20, Acts of the Apostles
Why had life become so unimportant to St. Paul? Warned repeatedly by the Holy Spirit about imprisonment and hardships, Paul still dutifully sails back to Jerusalem to face those who wish to kill him.
On the road to Damascus, his life changed forever. He pursued the disciples who were spreading the news and message of Jesus of Nazareth, to persecute them, to imprison them, even to see them put to death.
Little did he know that he was the one being pursued.
Jesus caught up with Paul on the road to Damascus. Jesus struck him down, blinded and disabled him, and with a love as fierce as the fury of Paul’s persecution, persuaded Paul that Jesus was the Way.
And Paul was transformed. He proclaimed the Word and spread God’s Love with the same fierceness.
It was not a fierce fury, but a fierce Love. A boldness that transcended human courage.
And Paul continued to receive visions and messages from Jesus via the Holy Spirit, assuring him of safe passage and cautioning him that hardships awaited.
How receptive are you to the murmurs of the Holy Spirit in your life? Do you hear them? Are you listening?
How willing are you to Love fiercely?
Thanks for taking some of your precious time today to read my thoughts. My intention, beginning Friday, April 17, 2015, is to post a brief, daily meditation based on the readings from the day’s Catholic liturgy. I would appreciate your help and encouragement. This is something I’ve been called to do for some time. I’m finally embracing it. Father, forgive me for procrastinating.