16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshipped him, but some doubted. 18 Jesus came near and spoke to them, “I’ve received all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.”
We call today’s Scripture “the Great Commission.” And the Great Commission made it plain that a champion’s work never ends. Being a champion means going where God is calling you. “Making disciples” is not a part-time effort, but an ongoing choice to invest your talents to make the lives of others better by drawing them to Jesus.
Lord Jesus, in my best moments I realize I need you to be with me, every day, every minute. Thank you for promising to do just that. Amen.
When Jesus said “I am with you always” to his disciples, they couldn’t wrap their minds around what that meant. I think sometimes we struggle to trust and believe that too. Especially when the world is in crisis and it feels like our prayers aren’t being answered.
This parable, called “The Little Fish,” by Jesuit Anthony de Mello from his book The Song of the Bird speaks to me about what it means to trust and believe those words “I am with you always”:
“Excuse me,” said an ocean fish. “You are older than I, so can you tell me where to find this thing they call the ocean?”
“The ocean,” said the older fish, “is the thing you are in now.”
“Oh, this? But this is water. What I’m seeking is the ocean,” said the disappointed fish as he swam away to search elsewhere.
“Stop searching, little fish. There isn’t anything to look for. All you have to do is look.”
If you are feeling alone or wondering where God is in this chaos, maybe you could begin to see God everywhere-–in the flowers blooming, the air we breathe, in the soul of every human being--the very water in which we swim. We can see that the little fish would feel peace if he stopped searching and realized he was already in the ocean. Peace can be ours too. We may just need to realize and trust that God is already here.
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