Hello my friends! Several of you have asked me to address both personal & spiritual questions. Here are some questions and my answers to them. I invite more questions. Call me, write me or send questions to Diana for this bulletin article (firstname.lastname@example.org). This article will also appear on our Facebook and Blog on our website.
Kathleen asks: Why do you think Jesus chose Paul, a persecutor of Jesus to play such an important role in spreading the Gospel of Christ?
Fr. Pete: To show us that it is all about God’s grace, not our accomplishments. Paul was misguided, but filled with ego about the old Law, he became violent toward the believers. Jesus humbled him by allowing him to see the error of his ways “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” (Acts of the Apostles 9:4) We too become proud of our accomplishments. We must learn that all that we do well is because of God’s grace. When we act on our own merits, we sin. We can take credit only for sin, not good. All good we do is in cooperation with God’s grace. We are really no better than Paul.
Keep the questions coming!
Love, Father Pete