Step #1: Lectio / Read
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
The way Saul’s conversion was described in this passage is the sort of conversion that so many people are often looking for. How could you not believe in God and change your heart when lightening flashes all around you and you suddenly hear a booming voice calling your name and saying, “This is God speaking to you!” But as we get to know Saul’s story, we realize that his conversion was much more than just a dramatic moment.
It started with something (or a series of something’s) that grasped Saul’s attention, and in that moment came the question, “Why?” Why are you sinning? Why have you chosen the path away from eternal salvation?
God could have just told Saul everything when He had his attention, but instead said to go elsewhere and wait to be told what’s next. Saul got up to do as he was told but suddenly realized he was blind and needed the help of others to get there. He accepted their help of leading him by hand and obediently went into the city, praying and fasting.
Again, God could have given Saul eyes to see in that moment, not needing anyone else to help, but God chose to continue involving other people. God called to a faithful man, Ananias, who answered and listened. God told Ananias what his role in Saul’s conversion was, and Ananias did as he was told; he had good reason to be nervous of the situation, but ultimately surrendered those fears and trusted God. Ananias met Saul with brotherly love and shared his faith in the Lord with him.
After Saul gained eyes of faith, he immediately got up and was baptized, spent time regaining strength and staying in community with the disciples, and then wasted no time in beginning to evangelize.
If God can go through all of these steps in converting the heart of that man who was once murdering Christians into the man who wrote a bunch of letters that are included in the New Testament- that man who we now call Saint Paul- in just three days, what else can God do? (Spoiler: everything and more)
It’s tempting to think all great “God moments” need to be instantaneous, but time is only one component of the story. Whether we’re just beginning to come to the Faith, we’re turning away from a habitual sin, or we’re responding to God’s call to enter more fully into a specific aspect of our vocation, it will take time, prayer, community, and a great deal of graces from God. Regardless of where you are in your own seasons of conversion, chances are that there are PLENTY of people around you who could use a hand to lead them through their blindness or another direct expression of love and faith, or maybe they could just use some extra prayers.
What’s your role in God’s great story today?
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
What role are you playing in God's story today?
Are you afraid to dive into God's story because you don't know where to begin? or your worried if people will question your motives?
Have you ever known someone who had a conversion like Saul to Paul? Have you asked them to share their story with you?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
"I want to be part of your story in people's lives today."
"I'm here Lord, send me."
"I'm willing to do hard things for you, Lord."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Where is God calling you to enter into His story for the world? What is one concrete action you can take today to step out of your comfort zone and do something for Christ?
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Today's prayer was prepared by Katie LoBosco, a student at the University of Dayton studying Music Therapy.