Acts 8:26-40 Reflection:
The Church has a wee book that it publishes every year and it gives the readings of the day and a comment on them. The book is called the Ordo and today the Ordo gives a very short but interesting line on this reading: “The Ethiopian official was humble enough to ask to have the scriptures explained to him.”
When you think of it, the Ethiopian knew more than most people; he knew he didn’t fully understand the scriptures. This is one of the defining differences between the Catholics and other Christian churches, we are prepared to accept mystery in our lives, we know there are some things that we shall not fully understand in this world.
Actually, the place we see this most is in the Mass. For non-Catholics they have to take away all the mystery of how God can be present with us and say that the Mass is just a symbol of Jesus among us. To understand fully the Mass we have to be humble enough to know that there are depths to this sacrament that shall always be above us as long as we are in this world.
The Ethiopian official displayed the kind of heart that is necessary for the Christian, a heart that is willing to accept the word of God as the word of God and not some human construction. The Christian mind-set is one that is open to mystery, is willing to understand that there are things in life that we have to wait for God to reveal to us and that if he chooses not too then we have to accept that as well.
To the secular mind this attitude appears silly but to us who seek the Truth we know that Jesus will always provide us with what we need for the day, and part of that is enough knowledge to make the journey interesting.
The journey of the Ethiopian official was a lot more interesting after he met Philip!