Philip and the eunuch: A Reflection on Acts 8:36-38

“St. Philip talking with the Ethiopian eunuch”; Ann C. Chapin

Today’s daily meditation in Living Faith is one of mine. The reading is:

As they traveled along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look, there is water! What is to prevent my being baptized?” Then he ordered the chariot to stop, and Philip and the eunuch both went down into the water, and he baptized him. — Acts 8:36-38

Here’s part of my reflection:

Reading about the baptism of the Ethiopian eunuch, I find myself immoderately thrilled. Much of that is a response to the eunuch’s unparalleled receptivity. He wants nothing more than to understand what he needs to do to convert, and he sees no reason he can’t be baptized now. There’s some water; let’s do it!

I’m also thrilled by how my namesake Philip treats this traveler’s being a eunuch as a nonissue…

Please read my full reflection here.

About Phil Fox Rose

Phil Fox Rose is a writer, editor and content lead based in New York. He is coordinator of Contemplative Outreach of New York, helping promote centering prayer, which has been his contemplative practice for nearly 20 years. Raised atheist by ex-Mormons, Phil has journeyed through Quakerism, deep ecology, Buddhism and Catholicism. Now he's a congregant, worship leader, cook and chair of the leadership team at St. Lydia's, an awesome dinner church in Brooklyn, NY, and spends as much time in nature as possible. Phil has been a political party leader, videographer, tech journalist, punk roadie, software designer, sheepherder, stockbroker and downtempo radio DJ. A common thread is the process of learning about stuff, figuring it out and then sharing that understanding with others. Follow Phil by RSS feed, email, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


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