May 9, 2014
Three interesting quotes struck me in our first reading today from the Book of Acts.
“Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord, . . . fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ He said, ‘Who are you, sir?’ The reply came, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Now get up and go . . .’” Acts 9:1-20
Can we not stick just about any name there in the place of “Saul, Saul“? Might it even be our own name! “Why are you persecuting me?” We hear the Lord’s Name used in movies, in books, on the radio, on television – and it’s not always used in a reverential or even a very kind way. Jesus tells us also, “NOW GET UP AND GO!” Let me out of this place, this mindset of persecution. And let me find the place of PEACE, the place of HEALING, the place of LOVE – Jesus!
The second quote from the same reading came from Ananias’ response to the Lord’s calling:
“the Lord said to him in a vision, ‘Ananias.’
He answered, ‘Here I am, Lord.’”
Whereas Saul answered “Who are you?” Ananias answered “Here I am.” The difference between KNOWING the Lord and not. How do we answer the Lord when we’re called? Ananias wasn’t real happy with his assignment, knowing Saul had a pretty bad reputation with ‘Christians’. But he obediently responded – and a new Saint was born – St. Paul!
The third quote was just kind of a funny reflection. Ananias said to Saul, “‘Saul, my brother, the Lord has sent me, Jesus who appeared to you on the way by which you came, that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.’ Immediately things like scales fell from his eyes and he regained his sight.” It just reminded me of a recent eye doctor appointment I had, where my (daughter) eye doctor gave me the opportunity of trying out contacts. Now, my eyes are pretty bad. I have 4 vision levels: far, closer, reading and micro. And it seems the contacts will correct one of them. I can see ‘closer’, pretty good and ‘reading’ is not bad at all. But ‘far’ is better than, but not quite as good as glasses. And my micro (without glasses) is just gone! So imagine if Jesus, after glaring one of those super LED flashlights in Saul’s face, quickly inserted a couple of wrongly prescribed contacts in Saul’s eyes (on purpose) to totally screw up his eyesight. That would have surely scared him enough to never want to profane Jesus’ Name again. Then he simply had Ananias get the contacts back out. Boy, I have a hard enough time getting them in. And sometimes they even feel like they’re going to fall out by themselves. Whah-lah, the “scales” fell out of Saul’s eyes and all 4 levels of sight are back again!
Maybe silly – but who knows!!!
God bless you, beloved.
And may the 20-20 be with you always!
Jesus is LORD!
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