I like watching those TV shows where people buy an old, ugly house and in a few months turn it into a beautiful mansion. I also like the programs when they restore an old, corroded car into a beautiful shiny vehicle that costs a fortune. There are some properties and cars in terrible shape that most of us would not even look at. But some people see in them a great potential and with the right some knowledge, investment, skill, and time, they turn it into something beautiful and valuable. On this feast of the Conversion of St. Paul we witness that our God can do something similar with any human being -- that He can turn the worst sinner into a great saint. That is exactly what happen to Paul. He hated Christians, he persecuted them and was killing them. No wonder that Christians were afraid of him, and probably none of them would ever imagine that Saul would become one of the greatest saints. Ananias said: “Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man, what evil things he has done to your holy ones in Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to imprison all who call upon your name.” Today’s feast day reminds us that even if we have given up on some people, God would never do that. God sees the potential in every person, even in the greatest sinner. Let us never give up but pray for the conversion of sinners.
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