By Fr. Joe O’Connor
“Now Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that, if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way, he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains.” -Acts 9
How did Saul come around to later become Paul, the great Apostle and promoter of the faith he once tried to destroy?
Paul, writing to his friend Timothy, remembers his own conversion: “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, that he has made me his servant and judged me faithful. I was once a blasphemer, a persecutor, a man filled with arrogance; but I have been treated mercifully.”
Who prayed for Saul? Maybe the twelve Apostles themselves were praying. Perhaps it was the families and communities he had once threatened and would one day lead. Someone was begging God to show him mercy and grant him the grace of conversion.
Is the next servant leader of your faith community in need of mercy? Is it possible that he is currently living a life in need of conversion? Can you pray with courage and conviction that the Lord will lead him to the Truth?
Let us pray to the Lord of the Harvest to show mercy to those he wants to lead us.