We can either take responsibility for initiating a close relationship with Jesus or spend the rest of our days hoping that a close relationship with the Lord develops without our effort. In our first reading today from Acts, we learn of the bold faith of a eunuch (a castrated male servant) that would not be denied. On a journey with Philip, one of the first deacons, the eunuch learns of the prophesy from Isaiah that foretells of the coming of chosen one of God.
Then the eunuch said to Philip in reply,
“I beg you, about whom is the prophet saying this?
About himself, or about someone else?”
Then Philip opened his mouth and, beginning with this Scripture passage,
he proclaimed Jesus to him.
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.
When they came out of the water,
the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away,
and the eunuch saw him no more,
but continued on his way rejoicing.
The eunuch did not wait to be invited to the waters of baptism. Instead, he asked for that gift to be performed immediately. He understood that being baptized into faith in Jesus was his birthright. The intimate relationship with Jesus that no doubt followed was the fruit of his faith.
Are we as bold in our hunger for union with Jesus? Do we know that the Lord calls each of us to claim this birthright?