Conversion and the Most Precious Gift

Today's first reading is Saul's (later St. Paul) conversion story and in the Gospel Jesus is trying to explain the Eucharist to the Jews.  Busy day in the Liturgy!

Saul was used to killing Christians, not being one.  Saul's blindness to the faith is literal as well as spiritual.  This might fall under the category of extreme makeover!  You ask any convert (including myself) and they will tell you that conversion is indeed extreme.
Jesus appears in a vision to Ananias and sends him to lay hands on Saul to regain his sight.  Ananias is frightened due to Saul's reputation, but the Lord assures him that Saul is His instrument.

If you are a convert, there was probably someone in your life that God used to steer you toward the church.  In my case, it was my husband (before we got married).  I try to remember that on days when I'm a little miffed with him!

Faith is like that.  It's how God gets our attention in a lot of ways.  In my case, throughout my life, it was little things that I knew was God reaching out to me, but until I met my husband, I didn't know how to reach back.
In the Gospel today, Jesus probably freaked everyone out when He told them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood, you do not have life within you."  I don't know about you, but had I been around, I'd have probably done the moonwalk out of there!
The great mystery and gift of our faith is in the Eucharist.  Even some Catholics don't realize what we have.
Who is in your life that is quietly living it, breathing it and loving it?  Is God trying to get your attention to think about conversion or is he just trying to bring you back to His table to give you back the most precious gift He has?

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