Saint Ananias II lived during the first century, in Damascus. The Acts of the Apostles say that Ananias was a disciple of Jesus. In fact, Ananias was instructed by Jesus in a vision to go and meet Saul. When Ananias found Saul, Saul was blinded from his encounter with the Lord. Ananias healed Saul of his blindness and baptized him, thus beginning the ministry of Paul. He was later martyred in Eleutheropolis. His feast day is February 25.
If Saint Ananias were alive today he might be running an RCIA program.
“Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.’” — Acts 9:17
Questions for Reflection:
- Have you ever criticized someone or something, only to come to love him/her/it later? What made you change your mind?
- Did you ever find yourself rejecting God? If so, what made you come back to Him?