August 30, 2020.
The following is a summary of the homily I will be delivering at Mass this morning.
*Added after Mass: Here is a link to a recording of the Mass if you would like to see and hear the homily below in real time, click the link below (Homily starts at the 13:04 mark and runs to the 17:38 mark of the video) https://www.facebook.com/spxparishindy/videos/572189223416234/
Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” (Acts 8:26-40)
I have always admired people that openly share their faith, speaking about it with confidence and commitment.
The apostles, after being given the gift of the Holy Spirit, spoke boldly of their faith and were unwavering in their commitment to spreading the gospel message of Jesus Christ, even to the point of death.
In today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we heard about the Apostle Philip. While on a journey, he was presented with the opportunity to explain scripture to an Ethiopian court official. He was encouraged by the spirit to offer that assistance and he acted. He was an instrument of conversion, ultimately baptizing the official along the way.
It was the Holy Spirit that gave the apostles the courage to unlock their doors and go out. It was the Holy Spirit that tapped Philip on the shoulder and urged Philip to help the Ethiopian official.
Which prompts the question, “What are we waiting for?” We already have the gift of the Holy Spirit. It has been with us since our baptism. Why aren’t we boldly proclaiming the good news?
The most common excuse we use is that we are not holy enough, or we don’t know enough…not enough theology background.
The world doesn’t need more theologians. It needs more foot soldiers.
We preach the gospel when pray and when we raise our voices in song. We preach the gospel by how we treat one another, by how we honor and respect one another. We preach the gospel by caring for those that cannot care for themselves. We speak with our actions.
As scary as it might be to think about, WE can be instruments of conversion. We can lead others to Jesus.
We have already been tapped on the shoulder by the Holy Spirit. How will we respond?