St. Paul understands that God’s law calls us to a higher purpose. This law resides within us; it’s written on the human heart and woven into the fabric of who we are. As individuals and in relationship with one another, we are the children of God.
Paul (Saul of Tarsus), a Pharisee, knew the Hebrew bible and strictly adhered to Jewish traditions. Yet he says he was ignorant—and God thought so too. Paul would eventually come to realize that in Christ there is no longer Greek, Jew, slave, free, sinner or saint, but One Body in Christ.
St. Paul’s dramatic conversion to Christianity opened his heart to God’s mercy. God did not choose Paul for his purity or his deep reverence for Jesus the Messiah. Paul possessed neither at the start. Like St. Paul, all of us are sinners fully relying on God’s mercy.
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