Monday, January 25, 2010

Conversion

Today's readings are point blank. Paul asks Jesus, "What shall I do, sir?" Jesus says in the Gospel, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature." Paul never says what can I do to regain my sight or what can I do to save myself. And, in Jesus' call to us all for conversion he makes a command. He does not say for us to proclaim the Gospel in the morning or after work or on Sundays or to those who will listen or who will help! Jesus calls and like Paul, He expects us to answer, "Yes, what can we do?" And today, we can proclaim the Gospel to everyone we encounter in word and in action, in mind and in heart. Today is a day of conversion and we are all called not just to say yes but to go out to all and proclaim. It's not easy. Just think. Paul had to be led by the hand. And, Jesus leads us too. By the hand, He leads us to conversion so that we can go and lead others. Today, be His example. Be His hands and His feet. And like St. Francis, "if necessary, use words."

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