The eleven disciples went to Galilee,
to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.
When they all 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,
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.
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.
When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. How familiar is this experience in our own lives?
We, who also have known the grace of God; perhaps through a miraculous event, or through the answering of prayers, and most of all through the Eucharist - and yet we doubt also. We doubt His providence for our lives; we doubt His love for our good and His sacrifice for our eternity.
I often wonder why the good Lord chooses to do things this way and not that - why He chose to leave the mission of sharing the good news of His redemptive death and resurrection to the weakness and fickleness of human persons when He could have easily made it known in an instant to every human being. That in spite of our weakness, He continues to ask us to do His Will.
I wondered why He chose human relationships as the means of evangelization above all else. It can be a very slow process. There must be something mysteriously powerful and unique about the capacity of human relationships amongst all other creatures and created beings.
We are made in the image and likeness of God - a Trinitarian God, a relational God.
Therefore, the deepest and truest way to redeem us of our forgotten identity is to allow us to re-enter into an authentic loving relationship with each other in order to enter into Divine Love. The secret of our eternity lies in the way in which we were created, in the personal relationships God has given each of us, may we come to experience the salvific work of Jesus Christ through the witness we give each other in authentic, ordered love.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.