"I am the way and the truth and the life"
Chariots, long road trips, and standing guard over the Ethiopian Queen's treasury comprised a certain young eunuch's life (Acts.8:27). Still seeking something more, he opened the book of Isaiah to no avail: "Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he opened not his mouth". Is Isaiah talking about himself or someone else?
It was to this man that the Apostle, Philip, appeared seemingly out of nowhere. And apparently Philip did not skip leg day, for he ran and caught up with a CHARIOT. The eunuch invited him in, and his questions began to be answered. Introductions like the name Jesus, the word grace, the story of salvation poured into the young eunuch's mind, driving him toward a future he had never even thought imaginable--like water gushing through a parched desert. The experience ended as surreal as it began--with Philip being whisked away by the "Spirit of the Lord".
Philips ability to touch this man's life had nothing to do with Philip and everything to do with Christ. His message was Christ's, his power to "fast travel" was Christ's. All Philip did was accept this completely unmerited gift. So many Confirmation students think that the sacrament Confirmation is all about what they are doing when in fact it's all about being a passive recipient of the Holy Spirit. May we echo John the Baptist's cry: "He must increase; I must decrease" (Jn.3:30). Do this, and the Holy Spirit will work wonders in you.