Gospel Mt 28:16-20
“And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time”
There can be little more reassuring a line than these final words of Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel, a truth which though mystifying is in fact an answer to the hesitation felt by some of the disciples in today’s Gospel reading.
When they arrived at the place where Jesus had arranged to meet them we are told that they fell down before him to worship him – an act totally reserved for the veneration of God, and yet we are told that despite all that they had witnessed these past 50 days or more, there were still some who hesitated.
So often we find ourselves in a similar place – having witnessed the miraculous, and yet still hesitant -still uncertain as to how to respond.
Find your pulse.
Now try, just by using your mind, to stop you heart from beating. You can’t, can you?
There is something of the miraculous in our very existence, and something in our nature which cries out for more – for the infinite. And despite this yearning for the infinite we experience a hesitation within us, that this yearning cannot be completely fulfilled.
It is to this hesitation that the words of Jesus in today’s Gospel are addressed: ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.’
Prayer for the day
Taken from the Office of Readings for Trinity Sunday
God our Father,
you revealed the great mystery of your godhead to men
when you sent into the world
the Word who is Truth
and the Spirit who makes us holy.
Help us to believe in you and worship you,
as the true faith teaches:
three Persons, eternal in glory,
one God, infinite in majesty.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.