Year C - Easter3 or Assured3
April 10, 2016
It is easy to claim all differences are made by leaders. It would severely limit this story if it ended with verse 6. To leave it with mere obedience would be a disservice to all of the rest of us.
Things get interesting around verse 10 when Ananias is invited to go to Saul. There is every reason in the book for Ananias to not only ask questions about his assignment, but to actually choose to not do this mission impossible task.
Eventually Ananias does go when G*D indicates Saul is but an “instrument” and will “suffer”.
Entering on tip-toe, Ananias touches Saul and simply describes the situation, “I came unwillingly so you can see again.” Note here the parallelism of “regain sight” and “filled with Spirit”. One can’t be said without the other being implied. The physical and the spiritual are not separable.
Here sight/spirit happen before baptism, rather than after it in Jesus’ case.
Now, awakened, Saul becomes Paul, reconciled with those for whom he was previously an enemy.
May whatever scales of judgment/justice have kept you from reconciling with those you were previously on the outs with, drop in the face of everyone having already suffered enough.