•Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send? Who will go for us? Here I am, I said; send me! (Isaiah 6:8)
•When I called, you answered me; you built up strength within me. (Psalm 138:3)
•But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me has not been ineffective. Indeed, I have toiled harder than all of them; not I, however, but the grace of God (that is) with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10)
•Jesus said to Simon, Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.
When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him. (Luke 5:10b,11)
•Do all of these Scripture readings exhibit Gods grace?
•How was Isaiah able to say, send me?
•What does they left everything and followed him mean to you?
•How is Paul able to say, by the grace of God I am what I am?
•How do you accept or access this grace?
Conversion is the change of our lives that comes about through the power of the Holy Spirit.
This is crucial: we must be convertedand we must continue to be converted. We must let the Holy Spirit change our lives! We must respond to Jesus Christ. And we must be open to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit who will continue to convert us as we follow Christ.
The gospel must overflow from each heart until the presence of God transforms all human existence.11
USSCB, Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States
, 2002, p. 12, 14, 17.
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