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Friday, May 1, 2020

Saul’s Baptism: Acts 9: 10-18: Reflection by Cynthia Abegail

“There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.”  He answered, “Here I am Lord.”  The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight and ask at the House of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul.  He is there praying, and (in a vision, he has seen a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, that he may regain his sight.  But Ananias replied, “Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man, what evil things he has done to your holy ones in Jerusalem.   And here he has authority from the chief priests to imprison all who call upon your name.  But the Lord said to him, “Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before Gentiles, kings, and Israelites, and I will show him what he will have to suffer for my name.”  So Ananias went and entered the house, laying his hands on him, he said, “my brother, the Lord has sent me, Jesus who appeared to you on the way, by which you came, that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”  Immediately things like scales fell from his eyes and he regained his sight.  He got up and was baptised, and when he had eaten, he recovered his strength.  (Acts 9:10-19).

God always has the last word.  What is inconceivable and quite impossible in our perception may happen according to God’s will.  If God can make a killer of the holy ones a great apostle of the Gentiles, what can he make of us?  Anything is easy for God, nothing is difficult for him.  We have to pray for the conversion of sinners, actually all of us!

We will note that a disciple baptised Saul into Paul in the name of Jesus, our Lord.  In fact, one can be baptised by “baptism by desire” as one accepts Jesus as one’s Lord and Saviour.  

The key is submission to the sovereignty of God.  When baptised, the person’s Master is the Lord Jesus Christ not himself or any false gods or religion.

Note St Paul is a great apostle, suffering for the Lord in many ways as being spat at, shipwrecked, persecuted, insulted and so on.  But, he persevered to the very end; he remained faithful in spite of difficulties.

Let us pray:  Dear Lord, make us little St Pauls.  In our smallness, allow your grace to permeate our soul that we maybe your instruments to remove the scales of blindness from our lost brothers and sisters in the world!  That we maybe your instruments to let them know of your great mercy; that inspite of what they are at the moment:  drug addicts, prostitutes or any vile condition, they are not beyond salvation.  Invite them Lord to your Kingdom.  For nothing is impossible for you.  In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

  Mother Mary, St Joseph, St Michael the Archangel, all the angels and saints, pray for all of us!

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