Posted by: livingscripture | May 12, 2011

Third Thursday of Easter

From the Word of the Day 

An angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, “Get up and head south on the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, the desert route.  So he got up and set out.  Now there was a Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, that is, the queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury, who had come to Jerusalem to worship, and was returning home.  Seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.

                Acts 8: 26-28                                                                   

How should we live this Word

The road from Jerusalem to Gaza is the desert route, the Holy Spirit tells Philip as he sends him there.  How mysterious is God’s way of acting!  Why does the Spirit send Philip on a desert route?  Strangers take these unfrequented roads.  Yesterday a Samaritan had been grasped by the power of the Word; today it is an Ethiopian, a eunuch.  He was one of many at the service of royalty in those times, whether made a eunuch or born such really does not matter.  The Word is not selective.  Its power goes beyond all differences and goes to the heart of the person. 

Philip is called by God to be the mediator between the seeking of the Ethiopian and the Word.  God moves him from one place to another and makes him a light for his brothers.  Thus the prophets’ words become intelligible. Jesusis the One of whom they speak.  He is the source of living water that vivifies and purifies, renewing the human heart from within and forming the new creature.  In this way the Father can draw him to Himself, as Jesus states in today’s Gospel and can instruct him in following Jesus.  Thus the one who follows Jesus reaches the Father.  Only one thing is absolutely necessary, listening to Jesus through His own word and through all those who continue to proclaim it with their very lives. 

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will listen attentively to God and I will pray:

Speak, Lord.  Your servant is listening! 

The voice of Bishop Oscar Romero, Martyr 

This is the great consolation of those who preach.  My voice will disappear but my word that is Christ will remain in the hearts of those willing to receive it.  Brethren, guard this treasure.  It is not my poor word that sows hope and faith.  I am only the humble resonance of God amid these people.

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