When many people think of great conversion stories they often think of people like St. Paul of Tarsus miraculously struck blind in an encounter with the risen Christ while on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-19). We may also think of other great charismatic leaders who almost instantaneously had a life changing experience of God and never looked back. This can sometimes discourage us, but it should also be a source of great encouragement. Although the spectacular manifestations of St. Paul’s conversion are uncommon, Christ does desire an encounter with each and every one of us. We are all called to a conversion of heart and a renewal of mind in response to the revelation of Jesus Christ.
In this talk Andrew Wood brilliantly takes you through two of the most beautiful stories of conversion found in all four Gospels: the conversions of St. Peter, and the two disciples on the road to Emma’us. When we closely study the Gospel of Luke we see that Peter’s conversion took place in three stages. With each stage Peter grew in his knowledge of himself and of Jesus, at the same time falling ever more deeply in love with the Lord. With the conversion story of the two disciples on the road to Emma’us Andrew explains that conversion to Jesus is intimately associated with his presence in both the Scriptures and in the Eucharist. In both accounts, we see that conversion is not only a journey of self-discovery, but more importantly, it is a journey with the Lord to discover who he is, what he has done, and what he is doing in our lives. This is a deeply enriching and insightful talk!