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.
UNDERSTAND | By Father Greg Friedman, OFM
It begins with a doctrine, but ends with intimacy.
Most Catholics can recite the doctrine of the Trinity: three distinct and equal divine persons, yet one God. That statement hints at the mystery contained in the truth. Trying to explain or even understand it fully is impossible. However, today’s Scriptures place us squarely in the midst of the mystery. If we listen with our hearts we end up with a very personal portrait of God.
In our first reading, from the experience of the Exodus, we hear Moses recalling—with a note of pride—some of the great things God did for the people. Proudly Moses asks: Did anything like this happen before? Has any other nation had such an experience of divine power?
A personal God, who intervenes on behalf of the people with deeds of power: That relationship becomes intimate as St. Paul tells us in the second reading: We’ve been “adopted” by God, through the power of the Holy Spirit. We share the suffering and the glory of Jesus Christ. The Good News of today’s Gospel, is that Jesus is Emmanuel, “God with us”—and that intimacy continues “until the end of the ages.”
Invited into the intimacy hidden in the mystery of the Trinity, we can only respond with a heartfelt “Glory be to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”
DISCUSS | By Father Dan Kroger, OFM
Who is speaking to the people, in the first reading (Dt 4:32-34, 39-40)?
Did any god take a nation for himself?
So what must the people do since God did so much?
In the second reading (Rom 8:14-17), St. Paul says that “Those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.” What does that mean for each of us? If children, then what?
According to this week’s Gospel (Mt 28:16-20), what did Jesus tell the eleven disciples to do? Where did they have to go?
Jesus gives the command to do what?
What promise did Jesus make to the disciples?
What are some things with which God has blessed you? Make a picture collage of the blessings you believe you have received from God.
What does it mean to be a disciple? Make an effort this week to perform a task to help spread Christ’s message in the world.