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He stayed some days with the disciples in Damascus, 20 and he began at once to proclaim Jesus


in the synagogues, that he is the


Son of God. 21 All who heard him were astounded and said, “this not the man who in Jerusalem ravaged those who call upon this name, and came here expressly to take them back in chains to the chief priests?” 22 But Saul grew all the stronger and confounded (the) Jews who lived in Damascus, proving that this is the Messiah. 23 After a long time had passed, the Jews conspired to kill him, 24 but their plot became known to Saul. Now they were keeping watch on the gates day and night so as to kill him, 25 but his disciples took him one night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a basket. 26 When he arrived in Jerusalem he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple. 27Then Barnabas took charge of him and brought him to the apostles, and he reported to them how on the way he had seen the Lord and that he had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus. 28 He moved about freely with them in Jerusalem, and spoke out boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 He also spoke and debated with the Hellenists, but they tried to kill him. 30 And when the brothers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him on his way to Tarsus. 31The church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria was at peace.


It was being


built up and walked in the fear of the Lord, and with the consolation of the holy Spirit it grew in numbers.


REFLECTION:


God has the power to change a person’s heart. Jesus appeared to Saul and turned his whole life around. Saul understood that Jesus is Lord and that the Church is the body of Christ. The Lord chose Saul for a particular job in the church. Saul would share in the sufferings of Christ as he preached the Good News. Saul became the Apostle Paul because the Lord appeared and chose him. The Holy Spirit was at work among the people. The Spirit increased the size of the community and gave it peace in spite of persecution. How are we chosen for a particular job in the church? What’s drawing you to the Table of the Lord?


STUDY QUESTIONS: (Limit response to one page per question). What is our daily bread? What is the message to us about the conversion of Saul?


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