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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 25, 2020

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SATURDAY, January 25
Conversion of Saint Paul

Acts 26:14 When we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It hurts you to kick against the goads.”

A goad is a pointed stick used to prod cattle in a specific direction. The more the animal resists the goad, the harder the cowpuncher prods it. To kick against the goad can cause serious pain or injury for the prodded beast.

Saul’s life before his conversion on the road to Damascus is all about kicking against the goads. Not only does he persecute Jesus’ followers but also Saul is resisting being called into a new ministry by God. He is suffering.

After his conversion, Saul still has some lessons to learn about how to stop kicking the goads. He accepts God’s love and comes to faith in Jesus. Like Saul who becomes Paul, we also are called to let go of the painful ways we separate ourselves from God’s love—from God’s will—and to repent and fully surrender to God’s grace.

MOVING FORWARD: When have you been like Saul and kicked against the goads? How did you learn to stop? Share that story today.

PRAY for the Diocese of Khartoum (Sudan)

Today the Church remembers The Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle.

Ps 67 | Acts 26:9-21 | Galatians 1:11-24 | Matthew 10:16-22

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