upside-down and transform his life
forever. only with the help of other
Christians was Paul able to make
sense of the experiences that had
crowded so forcefully into his life
that he could no longer see his way.
Like Paul, we need
people to help us shed
our blindness and
see our life and the
people around us from
the perspective of our
The man who had been so sure in his
convictions now is blind and unsure.
His traveling companions on the
way to Damascus take him by the
hand and lead him to a wise person
and a disciple of Jesus, Ananias.
Ananias is very nervous about Paul
because of his reputation (a background check was undoubtedly
needed!) yet comes at the bidding of
the spirit and lays hands on Paul and
heals him and helps him understand
that indeed God had chosen him to
be the instrument that would bring
the gospel of life to the Gentiles.
Paul is called
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This striking story in Acts about
Paul’s conversion and call takes a
very different form in Paul’s own
words in the Letter to the Galatians.
Reflecting many years later on this
life-changing conversion, Paul in his
own words presents a different, if
There is little mention of dramatic events on the road to Damascus.
Looking back, Paul now sees that
God had been calling him to this extraordinary transformation from all
time. in Galatians, where he reflects
on his vocation, Paul cites the great
prophetic words of isaiah 49 and Jer-
emiah 1: “now the Word of the Lord
came to me, saying, ‘Before i formed
you in the womb i knew you, and
before you were born i consecrated
you; i appointed you a prophet to
the nations’ ” (Jeremiah 1: 4-5).
Thus Paul steps into a beautiful
and profound biblical tradition—that