Mark 16:15-18. 15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. 16 The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

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For raving maniac to roving apostle, Paul was transformed. There is a big difference between change and transformation. Change is something that we strive to bring about with our own efforts. We are actively engaged and in charge. Transformation is when we surrender and hand over our lives to God and allow him to take over. God is now in charge. Conversion is therefore not merely change but transformation.

Accepting the form we surrender to him, God “takis it across” and makes of it something new. Surrender is not easy. It means not only a giving up but a giving in to God. Then he transforms us and brings about our conversion as we fall into his loving hands.

Commentary by “Bible Diary” -A Claretian Pastoral Initiative from Claretian Publications.

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