Acts 9.4 - And he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?
Do not you find this passage extraordinary: the life of a man will be completely upset by this meeting? But my reflection goes further than this wonderful miracle.
Saul of Tarsus was a wicked, murderous and vindictive man. What surprises me is the lack of reproach of Jesus! He who had sternly reprimanded the Pharisees for their hypocrisy, asks, one could almost think with a soft voice: "Why are you doing this Saul? ". The answer could be in why Saul was doing that. He was zealous for God! Of course he was mistaken all along the line but his motivation was to please the God of Israel, of which he knew only the severe character. From there, there is only one step to say this: "What God hates the most, what puts it in" ball "is hypocrisy! ". And for those who are not well aware of what hypocrisy is, it is to believe in a virtue, a quality that we do not have.
What also thrills me in this passage is that Jesus did not say, "Why do you persecute my Church? But He said, "Why do you persecute me? ". When someone hurts us, it hurts the Lord. Jesus sympathizes with our suffering, joins our suffering, absorbs our suffering.
It reminds me of a story that happened in China during the persecution of Christians. One of them, we'll call him Lee, was caught by a militia. Around his neck, they had attached a sign bearing this statement: "Lee is a bastard! And they "walked" around the village. It's a very humiliating insult for a Chinese. Our poor Lee cried while praying to the Lord: "You see Lord as I am humiliated ...". His prayer just finished, one of the persecutors cried out: "We will bar Lee's name and put:" Jesus is a bastard "instead. And the sweet voice of the Lord was heard by Lee with these words: "That I wore it too".
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