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Conversion: Homily for Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Is there any conversion story that is more dramatic than that of Paul? First, he is the least likely candidate. He has persecuted Jesus. He has rounded up his followers. He concurs in killing. He is a zealous Jew who feels the threat from those who believe in Jesus. He is the candidate for conversion? Really?

Today serves as a very powerful reminder that God and God’s grace are indeed all-powerful. God’s grace can soften the hardest of hearts. God can accomplish the unbelievable. God can work miracles. This is true even with me. And you. God can work marvellous deeds if we open our hearts.

We need to be ready. We need to embrace the challenge. We need to seek out the conversion. Because God comes anytime. Anywhere. Anyplace. When we have even a little bit of faith, we recognize what God can do. God is ready to help each of us to turn away from our sins, just as he helped Saint Paul. God is ready to lead us in the direction of fulfillment, just as he did with Saint Paul. God is ready to change our hearts, turning them away from sin and toward love. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the time of salvation. Go forth and open your heart to God.

Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle: Jesus Christ is Lord (November 30, 2016)

Today the readings suggest we are both drawn to God and at the same time sent by God to proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord. This idea of publicly proclaiming our faith is not always very comfortable for Catholics, but we are invited to share our faith by the Lord Jesus himself.

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