Saturday, September 14, 2019

St. Paul - the great persecutor

Paul of Tarsus

As we reflect on the Sunday readings this week we come across St. Paul who has a checkered past. Paul was probably the last guy in the world you'd predict would have a career that would mean leaving his Jewish faith. No one would have foretold that Paul, or Saul as he was known back in the day, would embrace the radical teachings of a controversial Jewish subversive who was executed way back by the Romans. 

Before his conversion, Saul was no candidate for "Christian Employee of the Year." If Saul were among many applicants for the job of being an "example to those who would come to believe in Jesus for eternal life." , he would be least likely to get the job. He frankly admits as much: I was a "blasphemer, a persecutor and a man of violence."  The guy was a "man of violence." Who in their right mind is going to hire him?