New Testament Lesson: I Timothy 1:12-17 (Paul, the chief of sinners)
Gospel Lesson: Luke 18:9-14 (The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector)
If there was ever a turn-around story in the Bible, it is the story of St. Paul. Saul was a zealous Pharisee who felt that killing and persecuting Christians was God’s will; until the risen Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus. God gave Saul a new name – Paul, a new identity in Christ, and call to take the name of Jesus to the ends of the earth. Paul wrote half of the New Testament and started churches throughout the Roman empire before being martyred for his faith. St. Paul, a humble servant of Jesus; a broken tool in God’s hands.