The 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. (Acts 8:26-27a)
“My ‘get up and go’ got up and went.” How often have we heard that (or said that?) There are many times that we indicate that our energy is waning and that we have no oompf, no desire, to get something done.
Today’s first reading recounts the time that an angel set Philip on a road. Philip had no idea what he would encounter along the way. He did not know if it was going to be fun, or dangerous, or mysterious, or boring, or anything else for that matter.
All Philip knew was that the Lord, through an angel, was directing him to head down a road.
On the road, Philip encountered a eunuch whom he overheard reading from the prophet Isaiah. The Lord directed Philip to speak to the eunuch and, in the conversation, Philip won a convert.
We may not know where we are going when the Lord sends us on our way. We may not know whether our mission will be fun, or dangerous, or mysterious, or boring. We may not know any of that. All we know is that the Lord asks certain things of us and we must have the courage and the grace to say yes to God’s will. If we do, we might win people over for the Lord as well.
FAITH ACTION: Ask the Lord to show you what it is He wants of you today and then do it! Additionally, pray for all those who work in the missions that they have the courage to proclaim the Good News today.