MATTHEW 28:16-20 GOSPEL READING AND REFLECTION (MAY 24, 2020)

MATTHEW 28:16-20

As for the eleven disciples, they went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw Jesus, they bowed before him, although some doubted.”

All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all that I have commanded you. I am with you always, even to the end of the world.”

POINT OF REFLECTION

When Jesus overcomes death as the wages of sin, He knew that he has to leave his disciples and went back to the Father.  In the mountain of Galilee, Jesus met them and blesses them with the same authority that the Father has given him in order to carry his message to the end of the earth with the promise that he will never leave them through the presence of the Holy Spirit. Their works were not ordinary; in fact, higher authorities who have pursued and persecuted the disciples and followers of Jesus were puzzled as to how could these followers of him survived and even give-up their lives in Jesus name. The truth is, committing into the works of Jesus by proclaiming God’s words is agreeing the ever presence of the Holy Spirit in everyday living.

Sharing the Good News of salvation

We need to understand that being Christian is becoming like Jesus in character, values, deeds, and obedience to the will of the Father by spreading His words throughout the earth. Despite of this fact, we could not get away from casting doubt to ourselves thinking not worthy of doing what Jesus and his disciples had done in the past. Not even, when Jesus said that “I will give you (disciples and followers) the same authority as the Father has given me.”

The worthy reflection is this, personalities in the Bible were not worthy and have their own natured weaknesses but they were called by Jesus.  Let’s consider few of them, Jacob was a cheater, Peter had a temper, David had an affair, Paul was a murderer, Thomas was a doubter, Jonah ran from God, Elijah was moody, etc. From the mentioned few, we infer that God does not called the qualified instead qualifies the called. That is why, by passing Jesus’ same authority from the Father unto us (followers) is like saying that He called us to be qualified.

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