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Bishop’s Note: January 25, 2018 – Leave It Behind
Today, throughout the Church, we celebrate the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. This feast day celebrates exactly what its name says: St. Paul who, after a lifetime of “protecting” the faith, discovered instead that he was persecuting the very Messiah he had been awaiting by persecuting the followers of Jesus. St. Paul’s conversion is recorded in the book of Acts twice. First, in chapter 9 verses 1-19, St. Luke recounts the story; and then St. Paul himself retells it in Acts chapter 26 verse 12 and following, as he speaks before King Agrippa.

As the term conversion suggests, St. Paul’s life completely changed as he left behind his old life as a Pharisee and embraced his new life as an Apostle. That same decision to walk away from it all was seen in last Sunday’s gospel lesson from March chapter 1, with the call of Simon & Andrew, and James & John - the fishermen who literally dropped their nets, got out of their boats, and followed Jesus in order to become “fishers of men.”

It is that willingness to leave it all that simultaneously marks a disciple and scares the daylights out of us! And yet, that is what a disciple does – he or she, out of love for Jesus, is willing to change their lives from top to bottom. That is a scary prospect; no one likes to change, very few welcome changes, and yet change is
the constant in the life of a disciple.  

The changes that come in the life of a disciple are not changes for the sake of
change, but rather transitions into a more Christ-like life.  This can be very painful as we leave behind our “old” life, which was comfortable – even if dysfunctional – to be used to the Glory of God. But following Jesus and finding new life in him is worth the change!

I pray you all a blessed week!

Bishop Menees


January 26 - 27
Walk for Life - San Francisco Symposium (26th, 6pm - 10pm) and main event (27th, 12:30pm) 

January 28
Bishop@ Our Lady of Guadalupe

February 4
Bishop @ Our Lady of Guadalupe

February 11
Bishop @ Our Lady of Guadalupe

February 14
Ash Wednesday/Valentine's Day

February 16 - 18
Vestry Retreat (Register here:

February 18
Bishop @ Our Lady of Guadalupe

February 19
Diocesan Office Closed

March 13
Rural Deans Meeting

March 17
Diocesan Council Meeting

March 22
Mass of Chrism - Register here:
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