Mt 28:16-20

The Call of the Spirit
On the readings for Sunday, May 4th, we read from the very last chapter of Matthew. It is the swan song of Jesus, the Christ, before He ascends into heaven. He promises his presence through the gift of the Holy Spirit, which he will send to empower the disciples to go forth with His message.

We don’t really know where they hung out as they waited for this Spirit to come and give them what they need to do. We hear the readings from this Sunday with hindsight. Everything is in place for us as we hear what the disciples are being told…hindsight.

In current time and place the question before me is this, “What is the message that the world…the kingdom of God, is waiting to be spoken by me? What messages within my heart are being called forth through the power of the Holy Spirit? What am I waiting for in order to know that this is the time for the message to be spoken? What is the living Christ asking me to bring forth in my everyday life that will break the chains of slavery in my family, my community, my country and in our global village?

As the gospel has the Christ being lifted from our sight, what do the words of the beings in white call forth for me in the following words?

Matthew 28:16-20 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped 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.”