Monday, May 24, 2021

Per Revelationem | By Revelation

"...I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ." —Galatians 1:12 (NIV) 

My brothers and sisters, the church does not consist of sacred people but sinners. And the sinners are called to be holy. Paul was an apostle in the history of Christianity who was a sinner and came towards a holy life because of the apparition of Jesus to him. 

Before seeing Jesus, Paul was a sinful person since he was a leader to persecute Christians. He chased and killed those who believed in Jesus Christ. Paul did not believe in Jesus' resurrection because he was a kind of person who needs a reasonable argumentation rather than a blind faith. 

But according to Paul, God - who had set him apart before he was born and called him through his grace - was pleased to reveal his Son to him so that he might proclaim Jesus Christ among the Gentiles. Paul was a man who was able to transform himself from a persecutor to a proclaimer. Paul showed that Jesus could change our life to be better.

Once, Pope Francis said, "We are all sinners who need God's mercy. Only He has the power to change us and give us hope every day". This statement insists on fragility which is our natural condition. We get our strength from the Lord himself.

Learning from Paul's changing life and Pope Francis' statement, we can evaluate ourselves before God and others. We should realize our dependence on God and others. Thus, we always need God's mercy to make our life better. 

Reflection on Galatians 1:11-24 by Fr. Aris Mada, SVD
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