Have you ever thought that you are unworthy of God’s love because of things that you have done? Do you sometimes think that there is no hope that you can turn away from sinful ways? Today’s reading from Acts should give all of us hope.
There broke out a severe persecution of the Church in Jerusalem,
and all were scattered
throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria,
except the Apostles.
Devout men buried Stephen and made a loud lament over him.
Saul, meanwhile, was trying to destroy the Church;
entering house after house and dragging out men and women,
he handed them over for imprisonment.
Saul, of course, is Saint Paul. Despite the sinfulness of his path, God chose him to be a great evangelist of Jesus Christ. Through his efforts, the Church grew and spread throughout the world. His influence is felt in every nation on earth.
So don’t give up hope. God delights in the reformation of sinners!