Readings For Philip: Deacon and Evanelist
“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?’ (Acts 8: 26 – 27)
I love this verse. Mostly I use Philip as my baptismal mentor. “Have water, will baptize.” But now I want to step into the eunuch’s shoes.
While he was a defiled man without certain opportunities regarding human pleasure, he none the less found gratitude in being accepted into the fold of Christ. I’m thinking that although he went to the Temple to worship, he may not have been allowed to enter given that he was disfigured. He was rejected perhaps because of things done to him without his permission. But he is fully accepted into the fold of Jesus through baptism. Yay! And as with Zacchaeus (Luke 19) Jesus connects us with Abraham.
There may be things that happen to us either through our own doing or through the violence of some other person or persons but that does not exclude us from the loving arms of Jesus. It is absolutely wonderful to come to the realization of our full potential through someone who listens to us and works with us in order that we might achieve what we never thought possible.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John+