Get Up!

May 5, 2022

Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase that emerges from the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.

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 8:26-40)

GET UP: Philip did as he was told and ended up spreading the Gospel message to an Ethiopian eunuch, and eventually baptizing him.

Do you ever find yourself somewhere, or in some odd situation, and you’re unsure how you got there?

I am normally a quiet, reserved person – a definite introvert. Yet I once found myself in a deep spiritual conversation with a stranger on a plane. The very first time I went out with a group to feed the homeless, I spent time holding hands and praying with a cocaine addict. A parishioner sat down for a cup of coffee with me and ended up pouring out his heart about his struggling marriage and lackluster faith life.

My guess is that these type of things happen to you, too.

Not sure if it is the work of angels coming to us in our sleep, but God does put us in some unusual situations. In so doing, He hopes we will be open to the people we meet and stretch our comfort zone. He hopes we will take the opportunity to evangelize.

We are an apostolic people. “Apostle” means one who is sent. Sometimes we go willingly like Philip; other times we may need a little push.

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