Commentary of the day
homily on Saint Paul
Saint John Chrysostom (c.345-407), priest at Antioch then Bishop of Constantinople, Doctor of the Church
4th homily on Saint Paul, 1-2
Hot tempered, impetuous, Paul needed a strong brake if he was not to be carried away by his enthusiasm and ignore God's voice. So God first of all reproved this anger; he calmed his wrath by afflicting him with blindness and then spoke to him. He made his unfathomable wisdom known to him that he might recognise the one he was fighting against and understand that he could no longer hold out against his grace. It was not privation of light that was blinding him but the intensity of light...
God chose his moment well. Paul was the first to acknowledge it: “when it pleased God, who from my mother's womb had set me apart and called me through his grace, he revealed his Son to me” (cf Gal 1,15f.)... So let us learn from the mouth of Paul himself that no one has ever discovered Christ on their own. It is Christ who revealed himself and made himself known. As the Saviour says: “You did not choose me; it is I who chose you” (Jn 15,16).
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