When we think about the Church that we enjoy today, we would be remiss if we did not keep in mind and celebrate the events that got us here. There are many seminal events, from creation itself, to the work of the Apostles, and into today through the many saints who have lived and died to make it so.
The God who creates and sustains us worries not about the many bad choices we make because, as the Psalmist and prophets tell us, He formed us in our mother's wombs to be who we are. He sent His only Son to take care of bad choices problem because He is worried more about the good choices we make and our ability to make them after our fall in the Garden.
Paul's conversion reminds us about our own conversion and the daily renewal of not just ourselves but the whole Church. We celebrate not only the gift of Paul to the Church and what that meant for us all, but we also celebrate the ability to be converted and what that means for us all.
Now I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel preached by me is not of human origin. For I did not receive it from a human being, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
For you heard of my former way of life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it, and progressed in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my race, since I was even more a zealot for my ancestral traditions. But when [God], who from my mother’s womb had set me apart and called me through his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, so that I might proclaim him to the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; rather, I went into Arabia and then returned to Damascus.
-- Galatians 1:11-17
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