Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the Mass of Reparation for Victims and Survivors of Abuse

April 22, 2021
St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church
Arlington, Texas

Acts 8:26-40
Psalm 66
1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28
Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

Philip, one of the first deacons in the life of the Church called and ordained to minister to those in the periphery, is guided by an angel of God along the road to Gaza to encounter a man from Ethiopia whom the author of the Acts of the Apostles describes as an official bureaucrat of the Candace (the title of the reigning Queen of a tribe from Ethiopia) and as a eunuch. The Scripture also tells us that Philip encounters this man reading aloud from the prophet Isaiah,

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