We read this morning, “Paul addressed the people in these words:I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia,but brought up in this city.At the feet of Gamaliel I was educated strictly in our ancestral law and was zealous for God, just as all of you are today.I persecuted this Way to death,binding both men and women and delivering them to prison.Even the high priest and the whole council of elders can testify on my behalf. For from them I even received letters to the brothers and set out for Damascus to bring back to Jerusalem in chains for punishment those there as well. On that journey as I drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from the sky suddenly shone around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ I replied, ‘Who are you, sir?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazorean whom you are persecuting.’My companions saw the light but did not hear the voice of the one who spoke to me. I asked, ‘What shall I do, sir?’ The Lord answered me, ‘Get up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told about everything appointed for you to do.’ Since I could see nothing because of the brightness of that light, I was led by hand by my companions and entered Damascus. A certain Ananias, a devout observer of the law, and highly spoken of by all the Jews who lived there, came to me and stood there and said, ‘Saul, my brother, regain your sight.’ And at that very moment I regained my sight and saw him. Then he said, ‘The God of our ancestors designated you to know his will, to see the Righteous One, and to hear the sound of his voice; for you will be his witness before all to what you have seen and heard. Now, why delay? Get up and have yourself baptized and your sins washed away, calling upon his name.’”(Act 22 4-16)
Jesus said to Saint Faustina, “The graces I grant you are not for you alone, but for a great number of other souls as well…And you heart is My constant dwelling place, despite the misery you are….The greater the sinner, the greater the right to My Mercy.” (723)
I Love that line, ‘The greater the sinner, the greater the right to my mercy.’ Paul was a great sinner but he was shown mercy. Jesus tells priests, “When you speak of My Mercy the most hardened hearts will be changed.” The conversion of Paul ought to give us great confidence in the Mercy of God.
One of the attribute of Mercy is that it is drawn to the sin. Our sins do not repulse God. Our sins attract God to us. That is why Jesus says to St Faustina, ‘The greater the sinner the greater the right to My Mercy.”
Jesus, “I trust in Your Mercy.”