Matthew 28 16 – 20
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 worshipped 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.”
Matthew loves mountains; Jesus is about to ascend to his Father – so there must be a mountain as a scriptural symbol of the link between humanity and God. And Jesus approaches them; authority comes to them – and they are transformed – they become the Mission.
The need to share Love is what is asked of the disciples then and what is asked of us now. The doctrine of the Trinity with its mathematical devices and paradoxical metaphors asks a lot of our faith and our understanding. In many ways, this is what makes it feel true – that it can’t be understood in our minds, only in our hearts. Thankfully we have Jesus who is there to walk with us and show us the way. We live in a rhythm of commissioning, challenge and compassion.