Paul Tells of His Conversion (Part 2)
24 And as he was saying these things in his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind; your great learning is driving you out of your mind.” 25 But Paul said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus,
but I am speaking true and rational words. 26 For the king knows about these things, and to him I speak boldly. For I am persuaded that none of these things has escaped his notice, for this has not been done in a corner. 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the
prophets? I know that you believe.” 28 And Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?” 29 And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day
might become such as I am—except for these chains.”
30 Then the king rose, and the governor and Bernice and those who were sitting with them. 31 And when they had withdrawn, they said to one
another, “This man is doing nothing to deserve death or imprisonment.” 32 And Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”
reading, Paul tells of his conversion. Today’s reading is a continuation of that conversation. Paul defends himself, but more importantly, he is sharing the Gospel. He is making use of every opportunity that presents itself. Only
if we were to act so boldly as Paul. He is doing a great job of witnessing to King Agrippa and Bernice. They are like a fish studying the bait on a hook. It is impossible for Paul to convert someone, that comes through the power of the Holy
Spirit. King Agrippa comes to realize that Paul is not guilty and does not deserve death or prison. The only thing Paul deserves is to be set free, but he has requested an appeal with Caesar. Paul will get his wish. Did Paul make a
mistake or is he taking advantage of another chance to witness... to Caesar. We’ll find out more tomorrow.
I pray: O heavenly Father, help us to be bold like Paul and to proclaim the Good
News whenever a chance presents itself. Help us to plant the seeds and help us to be ready for the harvest. The growth and conversion comes from the Holy Spirit. Help me to spread the Good News of your Son who you raised from the dead for
the forgiveness of sins. Amen.