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.
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. 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."
So what are you headed toward? Might you be headed for a reunion
with Jesus and GOD this very afternoon? Tomorrow at the latest?
Does it make a difference for you to expect this sort of short-term
reunion as opposed to one in that never-never-land of post death?
What would it mean to expect to find a reunion in your family
gathering or your workplace or among your friends or in the midst
Is a first response to life that of worship or doubt? At various
times in your life you have probably been in both places. Both
have their place to play. Do you find yourself having a usual
first response to life - to throw yourself into it or to hold
back? Is that good for you or do you need to work on balancing
out your responses?
Interesting that Jesus was "undeterred" in the presence
of doubt or even rejection. His meaning was clear - make GOD
as well known as possible - make our relationships as clearly
loving as possible. How clear is your meaning? Will you stop
with the outward sign of baptism and instructions from the past
or will you move on to living out of baptism into facing the
temptations of life and being ready to learn more than Jesus
was able to teach while with us in the flesh? How do we honor
the meaning of life?
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