Inclusion rather than exclusion of ‘the other’ takes centre stage in Paul's preaching and understanding, as he demonstrates in his Letter to the Galatians.
What is our understanding of the life of St Paul and the world he lived in, and how has it changed?
25 May: In our first reading, we learn about where Paul came from and how that informed his vision.
Jerome Murphy-O'Connor discusses Paul's role as a pastor to the early Christian communities he established and looks at how he maintained his relationships with them from a distance.
Bishop John Arnold describes St Paul's conversion as a long journey in faith, rather than a singular event on the road to Damascus, and looks at what we can learn from this journey.
The Letter to the Ephesians, from which our first readings are taken, is clearly from Paul's world, but the fact that it goes beyond the Paul we meet elsewhere has led to queries about its authorship.
What do these encounters tell us about the disciples' experience of the Resurrection, about the early Christian communities for whom the gospels were written, and about the risen Jesus himself?
25 January is the feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul: it is also the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Renowned spiritual writer, Gerry W Hughes, offers some thoughts on how the quest for unity requires just such a deep conversion in the hearts of all Christians.
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