Go and teach all nations, says the Lord; I am with you always, until the end of the world. R. Alleluia,
Gospel Mt 28:16-20
The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing 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. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
All the Evangelists insist in saying that the first Christians were still doubtful: faith in the Resurrection was a slow and difficult process, but it ended up to become the greatest certainty.
In this passage of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus announces that he has been given all power in heaven and on earth: the passive form of the verb indicates that the Son receives his authority from the Father. In the Book of Revelation, the Lamb (the Risen Christ) receives from the hand of God the book with the seven seals and becomes the Lord of history, the one who must assume the implementation of the project of God described in the book, and as such he is adored by all creatures.
Covered of supreme authority, Jesus conveys three orders to his disciples and to us all: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing 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.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations”: to be a disciple means to live in relationship with the master. At that time, discipleship was indicated with the expression: follow the master. For the first Christians, this meant three things connected together: to imitate the example of the Master, to participate to his destiny and, after Easter, to possess the life of the Risen One: “I live, but it is not I who live, but it’s Christ who lives in me”: this is the mystical dimension of following in the footsteps of Jesus, the fruit of the action of the Spirit.
The Trinity is the source, the final destiny and the path. The one who is baptized in the name of the Father, does his best to live as a brother in the fraternity, because if God is Father, we are all brothers and sisters. The one who is baptized in the name of the Son, obliges to imitate Jesus and to follow him to the cross in order to resurrect with Him. The one who is baptized in the name of the Holy Spirit, donated by Jesus on the day of Pentecost, commits to internalize the fraternity and the imitation of the Master, allowing themselves to be led by the Spirit. The Spirit will remind us of all that Jesus taught us: the commitment to observe the new law of love is sustained by the gratuitousness of the presence of the Risen Lord in our midst, until the end of time. Mary received the same certainty when the angel said: “the Lord is with you”. Jesus, in person, is the living expression of this certainty, because his name is Emmanuel, God with us, who will be with his disciples, with all of us until the end of time. This certainty gives support to people, nourish their faith, sustains hope and generates love and gift of self.
With Nazarene eyes
The SA-FA family, continuing the work of Bro. Gabriele Taborin, fits into the activities underlined by its charism in the mission of the Church, in the areas of Christian education, catechesis and liturgical animation. Several members of the people of God share the mission of the Institute: people who belong to different states of life, religious, priests and lay people. This fact emphasizes the communion for the mission in the Church, in society, and entails in real life forms of pastoral discernment and methods of action that lead to collaboration and to the sharing of responsibilities….
The charism of Bro. Gabriele Taborin strongly underlines fraternity. The reference to his person is the meeting point for those who, with different motivations, form the SA-FA family, which has as its reference the Holy Family of Nazareth. Within the Church the charism of the Institute puts in the foreground the common dignity of the “baptized” and the complementarity of vocations. The activities of the mission are assumed as true ecclesial ministries. (Handbook of spirituality 4.5 – Shared Mission)
Let us pray:
The Lord ascends among songs of joy (Sal.47)
The risen Christ has “ascended” as the winner and is seated at the right hand of the Father. As Christians, we shall reign with him, since Baptism has given us the royal anointing. However, already here on earth, by grace, we have the pledge of our spiritual heritage, pending the fullness at the end of the fight: “Come, O blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world.”
At Nazareth, “the new and true ark where God makes himself present”, Jesus, Mary and Joseph can contemplate the “Most High God “as the “very close God”, as a Father in the visibility of the beloved Son. And the discovery that the victory of God does not lie so much in the power of arms as for an earthly king that “subdues his opponents”, but in the victory of love, which opens to hope that the Kingdom of God is able to build us in a family of brothers and sisters who love one another. (Fr. Flax From Field)
Jesus ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God, but promised that we will also participate in his glory. Let us ask the Father to keep awaken in us the hope of salvation and eternal life.
Let us pray that the Church will announce with frankness the Gospel and will become a place of love and communion, that missionaries can become credible and enthusiast witnesses, thus testifying what motivates them.