“About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ‘Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?’ “ ‘Who are you, Lord?’ I asked. “ ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied. My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of him who was speaking to me. “ ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ I asked. “ ‘Get up,’ the Lord said, ‘and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.’ My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me. “A man named Ananias came to see me. He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there. He stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And at that very moment I was able to see him. “Then he said: ‘The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth. You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard. And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name."
Reflection. Paul has been preaching in the Temple in Jerusalem. Some took offence and Paul is forced to defend himself. His defence is to share his testimony. He tells of his conversion experience on the way to Damascus where he was going to persecute Christians. Paul witnesses to Jesus.
The question for us is how prepared to give our testimony of coming to faith and of what God is doing in our life right now. It will take a minute or two to re-read St Paul's testimony. Why not practise our testimony so we are ready to share the good news. By heck, good news stories are really needed at the moment. The best good news story is the good news of Jesus.
Prayer, Lord Jesus, help me to be ready and able to speak well of you. Amen.