God’s glory is revealed in the world through Jesus Christ and the sacrifice he made for all of us on the cross. The encounter early in this passage between the group of Greeks and Philip shows that God and the gospel are for all people, not a select few, and it demonstrates that God calls each of us to be in relationship with him. The Greeks who traveled to Jerusalem for worship and to celebrate the Passover would’ve been excluded from the Temple because they were not children of Israel, but God’s grace and mercy can’t be confined to a single place and time, and like moths drawn to a flickering lightbulb, the Greeks are drawn to the light of Christ, and through their faith, he dwells within them, even as he foretells his death.
In the words of St. Paul, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:19-20). Because Christ died for us, we can share the light that he brought to the world and rejoice in the fact that we are adopted children of God.
Joe Macklin serves as an acolyte at Trinity Cathedral. He’s lived in Pittsburgh for almost nine years and enjoys long walks and his cat, Grayson.