Matthew 28: 16-20
The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the
mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they
saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus
approached and said to them, "All power in heaven and
on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore,
and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in
the name of the Father, and of the Son, and
of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all
that I have commanded you. And behold, I am
with you always, until the end of the age."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe that you
have the power to do all things, even the power
to change my heart of stone into a heart
that loves you unconditionally. The day ahead of me
will be filled with countless activities, but I know that
your presence will give me the strength to do
all the things you have commanded me to do.
Petition: Jesus, help
me to obey your command to spread your message.
1. Trust and Obedience: Obedience and trust in God are not highly
touted virtues in today’s society, yet obedience to Jesus’
command to go to Galilee was the door that gave
the apostles access to Christ. Any one of the
apostles was free to go his own way, but that
way would not necessarily lead him to the vision
of the Risen Christ. They had trusted him until
this point, and they showed by going that they were
ready to entrust their lives entirely to his guidance.
When we are obedient to the Word of God,
to Christ’s teachings, to the teachings of the Church, we
are giving God free rein to live in us
and to act through us. Obedience of this kind is
possible only when we commit ourselves to the Lord,
when we trust in him and exercise a living
faith that he wishes to guide us through his appointed
2. Doubt Is an Invitation: “Our help is in the name of the Lord
who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 124). Following Jesus
is a challenge because he does not always allow us
to perceive his presence. At times we see him
acting clearly in our lives; at other times we
doubt, just as the disciples did. Instead of causing us
alarm, moments of doubt in our hearts should be
countered by a firm decision to trust in him always.
Christ drew closer to them precisely when the disciples
doubted. At the moment when their vision was clouded,
he reassured them: “All power in heaven and earth
has been given to me.” Do I turn my mind
and heart to Our Lord as soon as my
spirit is troubled?
With God Everything Is Possible: Jesus wants
to share his power with us, and he does
so through the Sacraments, beginning with Baptism. With his
power he also gives us a share in his mission:
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Friendship
with Jesus is also a commitment to teach others
to share in the joy of knowing and loving him.
Our relationship with Jesus broadens our horizons because we
share in his life and in the life of
the Father and of the Holy Spirit. The mission to
make disciples of all nations might seem daunting, but
God himself is on our side: “Behold, I am with
you always.” So our trust in the Lord widens
the narrow horizon of our own self-seeking. We need
to commit our ways to the Lord so that we
can be loyal instruments of his mercy and love.
We are called to fulfill his command to spread his
message far and wide.
Conversation with Christ: Thank you, Jesus,
for allowing me to share in your life and in
your mission. I trust in your loving presence in
my life. You are my strength in weakness and my
light in darkness. Help me to follow your commandments.
In them I find you and I find peace.
will build up charity today by saying only good
things about others.