Lectio Divina: 2021-05-28

Our Lectio Divina took the readings for the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity Year B.

Mt 28:16-20 Baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

One

The women ran to tell the disciples the Good News that Jesus would meet them in Galilee. No wonder some doubted. How could it be possible that he had risen from the dead? I would have been in the group of doubters. But when Jesus drew near to them they would have known that it was him.

I have a strong sense of Jesus drawing near to me when I am quiet and alone. Sitting here in my attic room reflecting on this passage I feel the warmth of his presence beside me. I see the evening sun catching the edge of the clouds, hear the lambs bleating in the fields and the birds singing their final song before nightfall. I am so aware of his creation. I feel nourished by his love and I want to hold on to these moments and not let go. It feels so safe here. But beyond this room is a broken hurting world that needs to be loved of which I am a part. He is asking me to move out of my comfort zone and help spread his love. I can trust that moment by moment he will show me his way but can I do what he is asking of me? Sometimes I can and other times I don’t.

Oh Lord I pray for a compassionate heart and the desire to share what you have given me. Help me to remember that you are always with me and strengthened by your love I can do whatever you ask of me.

Two

What a commission we have been given. We have seen how rapidly Covid 19 can spread and infect people and I think about how amazing it would be if the good news of Jesus spread in the same way!

The task can appear daunting but God has blessed us all with different gifts that we can use and He knows that we can do what he has asked of us.

Jesus has shown us how to live spirit filled lives and I pray that my whole life will be a witness – that people will see God in all I say, do and think and want to know more for themselves.

It is not easy and sometimes we feel alone, ridiculed and scorned but Jesus says ” surely I am with you always, to the very end of age”

The Holy Spirit will empower us, strengthen us and guide us.

Three

‘Go teach the nations’

Jesus was talking to eleven men, who were without education, money or influence in a place occupied by the Roman Empire. No wonder there were “doubters”.

But nothing is impossible for God.

The disciples filled with the Holy Spirit, did what God asks us all to do which is to trust and obey. They knew that Jesus was with them.

Today it seems harder than ever for Christians to make our voice heard.

But we have that wonderful truth that you are still with us Jesus and you give us the strength to go and spread your word.

Help me Lord to trust and obey, please give me the opportunities to share your love with the people I meet.

Four

Verse 20 = And surely I am with you always, to the very end of life. What an amazing thing for Jesus to say. What an wonderful promise he makes. It is there for us all. During my faith journey the Lord has brought peace to my troubles, strength to my weakness and hope to my fears. The eternal promise he makes will allow me to experience the fullness of life now and when my earthly journey ends to remember his words ‘I am with you always’ What a great God he is!

Five

If we are children OF GOD , we are heirs as well… All is well, All will be well.

Six

“Baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” A wonderful gift through the Trinity. “I will be with you always to the end of time.” What an amazing truth that Jesus will never leave us no matter what happens to us, no matter how we hurt Him, no matter how much we ‘try’ to leave by our sins, He will always be there. What a truly, amazing, consoling thought.

God bless you all and keep you safe.

Seven

The mandate comes from the one to whom “all authority in Heaven and earth” has been given.

This is all too powerful for words.

“Go, make disciples…” So we hear the main mission of the Church and the promise… ” I will be with you until the end of the age.” Even with such authority and so great a promise, am I still feeling powerless? I recall a snippet of a dream I had last night. In the dream I saw a man who was downcast, but he had been reading a Christian book. I asked to look at the page he was on and read: “I can do all things him who strengthens me.”

Now, I have often lacked faith in this promise but as I read it, in the dream, I was given to believe this word, for myself and this other person, absolutely without a shadow of doubt, as never before.

” Dear God, the Three in One, help me to believe completely that whatever you give me to do, I able to do because in you I have the strength of whatever graces are necessary. Thank you. Thank you. I trust in you. Please increase my trust day by day.”

Eight

Friends

Over the period of his earthly ministry, Jesus gave three major instructions of which this is the third:

  1. Follow me
  2. Love one another as I have loved you
  3. Go and make disciples of all nations

As non-Jews we are grateful about the “all nations”

But we do sometimes need to remind ourselves that the command is to make disciples, not converts.

Pax

Nine

‘I am with you always, yes, till the end of time.’

This Gospel for me is all about love.

Jesus arranged a place to meet his disciples, and give them the Great Commission:
· to make more disciples · to baptize them · to teach them God’s Commandments of love
and all In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Afterwards, He said to them that HE IS, with them/us always, till the end of time. Not that He was, or He will be, but HE IS, present, always.

How reassuring, how much love is implicit in this short sentence!

I am in awe, feeling so much loved, undeserved, but nevertheless loved by God.

God is not talking about me trusting him, but of Him trusting me with the job of working for His Kingdom. Wow!

Furthermore, He said, you are not alone, I am with you. I am in tears of gratitude.

Thank you my God the Father, thank you my God the Son, thank you my God the Holy Spirit.
Honour and Glory forever to You the Almighty Triune God of love.

Alleluia, Alleluia!