Saturday, January 25, 2014

St Paul's conversion

Caravaggio's "Conversion of St Paul"
A happy feast day today as we commemorate the day that St Paul was converted on his way to Damascus. The Lord appeared to him and asked him the question that changed his life "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?" Saul became Paul and also lost his eyesight for a while, with Ananias restoring his sight. The beautiful painting by Caravaggio represents Saint Paul in a helpless situation, stretching his arms in mercy and forgiveness, as he sees his life changing instantly. Even the horse is seen gently lifting one of his legs, not to crush his master, and remain respectful towards him. Paul's life would change completely as he embarked on his missionary voyages, writing the letters we read every Sunday, and converting many people in the process, including  the entire island of Malta, my homeland, which has remained predominantly Catholic for close to 2000 years.

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