Vocation Meditation -
Trinity Sunday 2009
The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted.
And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority 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, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you."
"And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
The Gospel story by Matthew ends here. We are given the last words of Jesus to His disciples. Jesus did three things that completed His mission here on earth. These words and His promise would anchor them to Him.
Jesus assured them of His power. His dominion extends to all the world. All power was given to Him by the Father. Nothing is outside of Him who conquered death and was raised in victory. Going to the world, they were to be the followers of a Master whose authority upon earth and in heaven was beyond question. Jesus' power will unfailingly work in them and in the Church.
Jesus gave them a commission. He sent them out with a task to make all the world His disciples. Baptism given by them, done in the name of the Father, the Son and the Spirit would give every disciple a distinguishing mark of Christian identity - a child of the Father, redeemed by Christ and sanctified by the Holy Spirit!
Jesus promised them His presence. The announcement of His going back to the Father was a staggering reality for the eleven humble Galileans. They have heard the news, their hearts must have sank. No sooner were the words of farewell given than the comforting promise followed. The task they received was bigger than the world the Apostles knew. But now, they received the promise of His God-rich Presence that transformed their hearts, their will and the Church that they would lead into the most enduring and efficacious Vessel of salvation today.
"I am with you always till the end of time."
How often do I remind myself of this promise of Jesus in the discernment of my vocation?
By my baptism, I received my Christian identity. I want to love You more as my Father. Let Jesus' redeeming love renew me each day. With Your Spirit, guide me always to seek holiness in prayer and in my mission of winning disciples for the Kingdom. Let me never doubt Your love. May my vocation celebrate nothing but Your enduring Presence throughout my journey!
For the full Gospel reading for this Sunday, visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops site.