We celebrated the “Conversion of St. Paul” as our Patronal Feast at St Paul’s Anglican Church today.
My sermon was on St. Paul’s “dragonly” breath and scales.
The passage appointed in the prayerbook begins with a fiery Paul “breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord” and continues with “there fell from his eyes as it had been scales.”
I borrowed the image of Eustace Scrubb transformed into a Dragon from CS Lewis’s “Voyage of the Dawn Treader.”
While Eustace encounters the Lion named Aslan, St. Paul encounters the Lion of Judah. Both experience the painful and powerful thrashing of the Lion’s claws as the old flesh is torn away to bring about the new man.