The Conversion of St. Paul – January 25
Today celebrates the conversion of Saul of Tarsus, who became known as Paul, through the revelation of the risen Christ to him on the road to
Damascus. The zealous Pharisee, Saul was traveling to arrest followers
of Jesus. Instead of capturing Christians, Paul found Himself made
captive by his Savior's boundless grace and became Christ's primary
apostle to the Gentiles. Accounts of the event are in Acts 9:1-22; Acts 26:9-21; and Galatians 1:11-24.
Paul's normal symbol in ecclesiastical art is a shield with sword and open Bible. The Latin words Spiritus Gladius
(sword of the Spirit) come from the apostle's words about the armor of
God, where he urges believers to take up "the sword of the Spirit,
which is the Word of God. (Ephesians 6:17)"
God, as You turned the heart of him who persecuted the Church and by
his preaching caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the
world, grant us ever to rejoice in the saving light of Your Gospel and
to spread it to the uttermost parts of the earth; through Jesus Christ,
Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Source: Pr. Walt Snyder