Matthew 28: 16-20
Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion.
The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally.
Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age”.
Many times, in our life, we find ourselves surrounding completely to God, and other times we draw away from God. Perhaps what differentiates us from worshipping God to holding back from God are our circumstances. Sure, when our lives go the way we want, we thank God and praise him. However, when our way is taken to a different direction, and is a challenge, we move away from God because it might appear or feel easier.
Practising being a Catholic is not an easy task, nor a part-time job; rather it is a long life commitment which involves many aspects of our life. Although we may not baptise others personally, or be able to convince everyone to be baptised, we are always able to share what we know about God with others. Whether it is simply expressing how God makes you feel, how He impacts your life, what it is that you value about being a Catholic, or the act of praying for others – we always have opportunities to share our faith with others. Yes, God is always by our side, as we can be beside those of others who need our support, and perhaps what people need is hope; our sharing of God can provide others with some element of hope.
Br Gregory Echegwo SDB
Thank-you for the gift of life,
May I always remember how You gave me life.
When times are great, may I thank You,
When times are hard, may I ask You for your guidance.
Please help me to always know that You are always with me,
No matter where I am and how I am feeling.
For You are my hope, the hope for others, and hope for the world.