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<< Sunday, February 4, 2001 >> 5th Sunday Ordinary Time
 
Isaiah 6:1-2, 3-8
1 Corinthians 15:1-11

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Psalm 138
Luke 5:1-11

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CONVERSION-CONVERSATION

 
"By God's grace I am what I am." —1 Corinthians 15:10, our transl.
 

The purpose of life is to be converted to the Lord. For example, "in the year King Uzziah died," Isaiah "saw the Lord" in the temple (Is 6:1). Isaiah was converted. He saw God's glory, became painfully aware of his own sinfulness, was forgiven and purified, and accepted God's call to be a prophet (Is 6:1ff).

Saul (Paul) was also converted. He did not see but heard the risen Lord (Acts 9:4). He was struck blind for three days, during which he prayed (Acts 9:8, 12). Then Ananias laid his hands on Saul and healed him of his blindness (Acts 9:17-18). Saul was baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:17-18).

Simon Peter was converted when Jesus helped him have the best day at work that he had ever experienced (Lk 5:6ff). In his fishing business, he had never caught so many fish. Simon Peter knew it was a miracle. He became very aware of his sinfulness (Lk 5:8), "left everything," and became a disciple of Jesus (Lk 5:11).

Have you been converted to Jesus? If so, are you living accordingly? Be and live converted.

 
Prayer: Abba, "send me" to lead others to conversion (Is 6:8).
Promise: "...Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures; that He was buried and, in accordance with the Scriptures, rose on the third day; that He was seen by Cephas, then by the Twelve. After that He was seen by five hundred brothers at once." —1 Cor 15:3-6
Praise: Praise Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life! (Jn 11:25) In Him, we will be risen from the dead and live eternally! Alleluia forever!
 
(For related teaching, order our book, Conversion-Conversations.)
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, August 9, 2000
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 18, 2000
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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