Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.) So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.”
So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this: “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and like a lamb silent before its shearer, so he does not open his mouth. In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.” The eunuch asked Philip, “About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?”
Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?” He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
This passage is not about the merits and measure of others. This message is for those who hear the call to discipleship, and choose to live and move and have their being in response. It is for those who choose to remain within the gravitational pull of the invitation inherent in that call.
The invitation issued by and through Jesus is the invitation to accept the gift of discipleship. The gift is the ability to recognize the Incarnational Activity of the Father taking place in our lives and in our world through the Spirit, and to participate in it.
When, where, how do we participate in the work and the will of the Father, in Christ, through the Spirit? Here and now, in the everyday stuff of living; in the flesh and the blood and the breath taking. Here and now, in the Bread, and all that’s implied in its breaking. Here and now, in the Other, in all that compassion unleashes, and in all that love requires.
Somewhere, beyond the literal, and metaphorical, resides the Sacramental, and it is there, in the surrender to the Paschal Mystery that somehow we, as disciples, see the face of God and live. Ready, or not!
—Moira and Richard Clark are Catholic high school educators in Cleveland, OH. Rich is President of St. Martin dePorres High School, and Moira is Dean of Student Life & Formation at Magnificat High School.
Lord, let everything I experience this day be touched by your Spirit. Give me the desire and grace to co-labor with you in all my relationships and projects.
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