Today we hear the story of Philip and the Ethiopian. The Bible tells us how God had been working in Philip’s life and how he ended up on that desert road. But we are not informed of the journey that led the Ethiopian man to God. We know he was returning home after going to Jerusalem to worship. But I read somewhere that, as a eunuch, he would not have been allowed in the Temple. I can’t help but wonder, why did he go?
We do not know how long and difficult his journey may have been and how many obstacles he had to endure and overcome. We do not know how many years he spent in the desert, growing in thirst, until the blessed day when he and Philip came upon “some water,” … and his heart was ready to ask, “What is to prevent my being baptized?” We do not know the details of how it happened, but we know that it was God who drew him close.
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him.” (John 6:44)
What if this man, instead of continuing to seek God, would have become indignant from rejection? What if, instead of sitting in his chariot trying to understand the Scriptures, he would have thrown them out, telling God, “I did what you asked, and you led me on the wrong path.” His own heart would have been the obstacle preventing him from receiving this gift from God.
“Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life.” (verses 47-48)
Philip and the Ethiopian listened, trusted, and moved wherever the Spirit told them. In the Eucharist, we receive God himself, and we are sent. Let us trust, get up, and go.
Let us pray:
Almighty ever-living God, let us feel your compassion more readily during these days when, by your gift, we have known it more fully so that those you have freed from the darkness of error may cling more firmly to the teachings of your truth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever. (From Collect)
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