Today’s first reading from Acts 9:1-20 is about the conversion of Saint Paul. Here is Saul, persecuting Christians and on the road to Damascus, he has a revelation from Jesus and most of us I think know that Saul became Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ who has written so many letters that we read in our bibles today.
I have been extremely busy this week and the next few days continue with commitments and responsibilities to fill. I like my comfort zone. It goes like this. Prayer, work and prayer throughout the day, home, prayer, scripture reflection, personal time reading blogs and social media, prayer and sleep. That probably does not seem like much of a life to most but it is my comfort zone and I like it!
So back to the reading, God asks Ananias to “Get up and go to the street called Straight and ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is there praying, and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, that he may regain his sight.” Ananias replies, “Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man, what evil things he has done to your holy ones in Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to imprison all who call upon your name.”
I feel a little like Ananias when I am out of my comfort zone. I can tell God and others why I should do or not do this or that and I can manipulate situations to avoid change and get back to my comfort zone. Unlike Ananias, who did what the Lord told him, I think too often I choose my way and probably miss out on so many graces for me and for others due to my selfishness to not want to step out in faith. This week, I have stepped out in faith and been very blessed so far. I am not sure that I will not retreat back to my comfort zone or not but I am sure missing reading everyone’s blogs. I will have a lot of catching up to do when I return to my comfort zone. God bless you all!