Have you accepted your commission? We are never too young or too old to tell others about God’s great love to all of us, the gift of new life and the Good News of our salvation through Jesus.
The gospel passage os from the very end of Matthews’s gospel, before Jesus ascends into heaven. He commissioned his disciples on the mountain by telling them: “Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations and baptize them in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”
Once again, we find ourselves on a mountain with Jesus with a beautiful moment that awaits us and representing our love and deeper connection with God. Though, sometimes like the disciples, we worship being left behind by people whom we loved and trusted. We may at times feel in moments of pain, loss, disappointment and hopelessness that can affect us deeply that may cause to disregard and difficult to trust the presence of the Lord, but God through Jesus Christ speaks to us today that in times of darkness He will be with us till the end of time. Jesus’ Ascension is not marking of a departure but tells us that He is alive in our midst. It is filled of love, hope, peace and faith that give us power and strength to overcome our own weaknesses and down moments.
As we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord, we are called to make disciples. Jesus Christ calls us to witness God’s presence in our lives and doing our everyday life. In such a way that it reflects the character of Jesus. He calls us to share generously and give love with all our hearts to others, to bring the Good News into the lives of others and to bring His forgiveness and reconciliation with God and one another and recognizing God’s selfless love. It is not enough to know Him, but we need to recognize and to work on our relationship with the Lord first before anything else. As Jesus approach us first to go back and be close to the heart of the Father; we must obey His commands, kneel down and beg His mercy for we are guided by the Holy Trinity.
And importantly, last words are always meaningful, no less as Jesus gives His final words and commands to His disciples. The Holy Spirit leads us that we may lead others to Jesus. After being given by Jesus such a great commission is the greatest and sweetest assurance to all of us, “I am with you always.”
Source: Neo Jeremiah Voice of the Young Prophet Newsletter ~ May 28, 2017 issue.