O God, who, through the preaching of the blessed Apostle Saint Paul, has caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world: Grant, we beseech you, that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may show forth our thankfulness unto you for the same, by following the holy doctrine which he taught; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Joshua 5:13-15; Psalm 67; Acts 9:1-22; Matthew 19:27-30
Another great epiphany in the narrative of the New Testament is the conversion of Saul of Tarsus, which read in the book of the Acts. In an encounter not unlike the experience of Joshua before the battle of Jericho, Saul saw a manifestation of Christ, and his life was forever changed. It’s an epiphany of the kinds of great reversals that God brings about from time to time, just as Jesus said in the Gospel reading, “the first shall be last, and the last first.” And so the Psalm and the Collect invite us to take this merciful operation of God, particularly in the life of Saul (who eventually came to be known as St. Paul), and apply it to us as blessing. And not to us only, but to the whole world, so that “all the peoples” may come and praise God.