Thursday, April 22, 2010
Third Week of Easter
Acts 8: 26 – 40
During these weeks of Easter, the Church invites us to read passages from the Acts of the Apostles. Today we meet Philip the Apostle and a royal official from the court of Candace, the queen of the Ethiopians.
The official, the Royal Treasurer, is reading the Prophet Isaiah. In the meantime, the Holy Spirit instructs Philip to go to him and offer to explain the text. The initial conversation reveals that the courtier was actually in need of someone to help him understand. Divine Providence arranges for Philip to come to the man’s assistance.
This situation is not unlike our own time. Many people, including large numbers of young people, are “waiting for someone to instruct them…” They want to understand God’s Sacred Word; they want to be instructed in the Scriptures.
Are we listening to the Holy Spirit as Philip was? Are we ready to respond; to answer those men and women of our time who, like the royal official, are searching for the truth?
The first and most important requirement for any teacher is that he be a witness to what he professes; to what he believes. “(Young) people today listen more readily to witnesses than they do to teacher. And if they do listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” (Pope Paul VI).
During Holy Mass this morning, let us implore the Holy Spirit to make us strong witnesses to the Risen Christianity. May our words and actions lead our contemporaries to the Truth as the words and actions of the Apostle Philip led the Ethiopian official to the Truth and ultimately to Baptism.
Christianity is Risen!
Christianity is truly Risen!