Reflection of the Week - 28th May 2024

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Matthew 28:16-20

In this gospel reading, we encounter the profound and transformative Great Commission, where Jesus, having triumphed over death, gathers His disciples on a mountain in Galilee and entrusts them with a mission that would change the world forever. This passage is a beacon of hope, purpose, and divine empowerment, calling each of us to step into a journey of faith and service.

Jesus begins by declaring, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’ In this statement, He reassures His disciples and all of us of His supreme authority. It is a reminder that no matter the challenges we face, we are not alone. We are backed by the sovereign power of the resurrected Christ, the One who holds all authority. This assurance gives us the confidence to move forward, knowing that our mission is grounded in His omnipotence.

He then commissions them: ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising 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.’ This is not a passive calling but an active, dynamic charge to engage with the world. It’s a call to transcend boundaries, whether they be cultural, geographical, or social. We are called to reach out to all nations, embracing diversity and bringing the message of God’s love and salvation to every corner of the earth.

Making disciples involves more than just preaching; it requires building relationships, mentoring, and guiding others in their spiritual journeys. Baptising in the name of the Triune God symbolises a profound transformation, an initiation into a new life in Christ. Teaching them to observe all that Jesus has commanded ensures that our faith is not superficial but deeply rooted in the teachings and example of Christ. It’s a holistic approach to discipleship that encompasses faith, practice, and community.

The Great Commission concludes with one of the most comforting promises in Scripture: ‘And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’ Jesus assures us of His perpetual presence. In moments of doubt, fear, or discouragement, we can cling to this promise, knowing that the One who commissioned us also accompanies us. His presence is our strength, our guide, and our comfort.

As we reflect on this passage, let us be inspired to embrace our calling with renewed vigour. Let us step out in faith, empowered by the authority of Christ, committed to making disciples, and ever mindful of His enduring presence. Together, we can fulfill the Great Commission, bringing hope, love, and transformation to a world in need.


May 26 2024 Gospel Reading and Reflection: Matthew 28:16-20 - PeoPlaid.

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