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4 January 2015

Transformed en route…

Our culture is steeped in habits and expressions that come directly from the Bible. All through this year the editorials will lead us to discover some of the many references to our Judeo-Christian roots.

“A Damascus road experience” is one of these phrases that leads us to the book of Acts. Saul of Tarsus was full of fury against the nascent Church. While he was on his way from Jerusalem to Damascus to imprison some Christians there, Jesus appeared to him. Saul the persecutor became Paul the Apostle!“A Damascus road experience” signifies finding one’s way, converting to a doctrine that one previously fought against. Please God that during the new year a great number of people amongst our families and friends might meet the Lord and hear his voice.

Damascus reminds us also of Syria… How can we not evoke the suffering of Christians in this region of the world? Their persecutors may also find their “Damascus road”! So, in our prayers for our brothers, let’s remember, too, those who are tormenting them. In persecuting the disciples of Jesus, it’s Jesus himself who is persecuted. Do you remember his words: “…love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”? (Matt 5.44). It’s without doubt because the Early Church obeyed this teaching that Saul the fanatic became Paul the servant of God. Let’s imitate the faith of our predecessors!

Robert Héris