Matthew 28:16-20: Scrutiny – Part IV
When Jesus returns to abide with his followers after his death and resurrection, he reminds them – and reminds us today – that when we live and work, play and pray in the Spirit we will not go wrong. When we follow Christ, we will find all that we need. When we remain in God, we remain eternally.
THE MESSAGE describes the eleven as they journey to meet Jesus at the appointed place: 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.
These faithful suffer doubt as we do; yet they follow.
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”.
Jesus tells us that fidelity overcomes doubt, love overtakes fear, and unity brings an end to division.
“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.”
Jesus is clear. We are not alone. He abides always. Jesus leaves no doubt about what is required of us. We are to act as he acted. We are to share the good news of the story we have seen unfold before our eyes. Knowing and living this . . . is the gift of our scrutiny.
When we scrutinize our words and actions, we have the opportunity to conquer all that holds us back. We have the gift of eternal union in Christ. We have the truth we seek and love that endures. We have all.
On this 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001, we scrutinize our reality and open ourselves to the truth that endures forever when we use the scripture link to compare this translation with other versions.