FROM THE VERY
first moment of his
encounter with the
risen Christ and
the beauty of the
Saint Paul felt called
by God to proclaim
this Good News.
An apostle and the first great Christian missionary, Saint Paul
experienced both conversion and struggle and got some help along the
way before finding his vocation.
eRHAPs MoRe than any other
figure in the early church, Paul
embodied profound conversion
and transformation for the sake of the
Father Donald Senior, C.P. is
a Passionist priest, president
of Catholic Theological Union
in Chicago, professor of New
Testament studies. A member
of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, he is general editor of
the Catholic Study Bible (Oxford
University Press) and author of the four-volume The
Passion of Jesus in the Gospels of Mark, Matthew,
Luke, and John (Michael Glazier/Liturgical Press).
gospel, both on a personal level and
within the religious tradition to which he
was passionately committed.
Did the young Paul, immersed in
love of his Jewish piety and schooled
in the classic literature of Greece, ever
imagine some dreamy afternoon in Tarsus that he would travel nearly 10,000
miles—most of it on foot and a lot of it
on the sea that he feared—for the sake
of a crucified Galilean whom he would
come to believe was the embodiment
of the divine presence on earth and the
revelation of God’s love for the world?