Today, in the Western Church we celebrate the Conversion of St. Paul.
Our debt to this apostle is beyond measure, and there is much on which we might focus; but my mind goes to a conversation I had with my youngest daughter this week. We talked about the importance of being committed to scripture. We talked about the insufficiently of being committed to scripture alone.
Saul was our example of an individual who was zealous for scripture, and yet far, far from the truth.
Our final commitment is to the Jesus of the gospel. Not just any Jesus. Not Saul’s Jesus. Not Arius’ ‘biblical’ Jesus, nor the Jesus of our own interpretation, but the Jesus of holy scripture, understood through the apostolic faith and practice of the community that preceded, exceeds, gave rise to and preserved the text of the New Testament.
O God, who through the preaching of the blessed Apostle Saint Paul, hast caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world: grant, we beseech thee; that we, having his wonderful Conversion in remembrance, may shew forth our thankfulness unto thee for the same, by following the holy doctrine which he taught.