Saul means “asked for; inquired of God.” That’s quite a handle. To be one who is pursued by God even by virtue of our first name! Looking at his life though, I guess it makes sense. This one, who was so against Jesus’ followers, became their temporal and spiritual leader.
God, who chased Saul into becoming Paul, does much the same with us. In Baptism, we are marked forever and then not let go of by God the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus. We are shadowed by a God who loves us, not to direct us into one way or another, not to lead us into this or that path, but to show that we are loved. We are beloved. Once this realization settles on us, I think we become like Paul. Changed. Different. Paul means “?humble.” In the face of reality and God the creator who loves us, we become that-humble. Even though he confounded the authorities at the change in him, Saul/Paul showed that he was admittedly not as great as he’d thought, and he was humbled in the sight and in the light of the reality of Jesus the Christ. Because of that, Paul changed and started proclaiming Jesus, just as we are called to do.
O God, humble us Help us keep you as our centre Shine your light on us. Amen. — KJB