1) I know there are different orders in the scripture about what came first, baptism or repenting or maybe even when someone received the Holy Spirit. I am not sure if scripture makes sense of some sort of systematic order?
2) When does someone receive the Holy Spirit?
3) Philip wasn't one of the twelve, a Bishop, who could lay hands (assuming Priests didn't enter the picture for sometime)?
4) Why did the Holy Spirit come only when Peter and John laid hands on the baptized?
5) thought we receive the Holy Spirit when we are baptized, as infants or adults. I think confirmation strengthens the Holy Spirit in us so to be sent out, and maybe that confirmation might be an adult decision for Christ? Maybe I am wrong about the latter.
Anyways, I am trying to under stand those questions, and the context of the verses below... in light of the Catholic "Spiritual Interpretative Tradition" (as it seems Father Barron uses those words at times).
Please answer those questions underneath my statements.
"But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip. And seeing signs and great miracles performed, he was amazed.
Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samar′ia had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit; for it had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit. Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, saying, “Give me also this power, that any one on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”" - Acts 8:12-19