25 January 2015: The Conversion of St Paul
Acts 9:1-22; Ps. 67; Galatians 1:11-24; Luke 21:10-19
St Stephen Lutheran Church
The Rev. Maurice C. Frontz, STS
Even though today’s feast is called
‘The Conversion of St Paul,’
the word ‘conversion’ does not appear in our texts for today.
But it seems an appropriate enough word.
To ‘convert’ is to turn around.
You are walking one way,
and then you turn around and you walk the other way.
Oddly enough, St Paul did not ‘convert’ in this literal sense.
He was on his way to Damascus,
and then he kept going to Damascus.
But when he got to Damascus,
he began to walk in a new way,
in the way of suffering and witness,
in the way of Christ.