“I am with you always”

In these troubling times, we need some assurance. We find it in Matthew 28:16-20.

The eleven disciples went to Galilee,
to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.
When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.
Then Jesus approached and said to them,
“All power 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,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

We live in troubling times. Whatever side of the political divide in which you reside, there seems to be no good news. Terrorism still pervades the world. Crime, chaos, bigotry, hatred seem to be everywhere. Even in social circles there seem to be great divides and acrimony. Religion is in turmoil, and fewer and fewer people, especially among the young, are gravitating to some form of faith. The world “is going to hell in a hand basket,” as the saying goes. It is easy to become caught up in the mire of despair that is present in our world.

But remember, it has always been so. As today’s reading reminds us, Jesus’ disciples gathered at His ascension doubting. And Jesus reassured them, “I am with you always.”

The Father has always been. He has no beginning and no end. He brought forth His Son, gave Him to us as our Savior, then after Jesus’ death and resurrection, took Him up into Heaven to sit at His right hand. And there the Son of God rules us. He is there for us always. So when things seem dim and discordant and extreme without end, know that Jesus is there for us — without end. And Jesus tells us many times in the Gospels, ask in His name and He will provide for us.

Do not despair. As Jesus has told us elsewhere in the Gospels, “Do not be afraid.” Jesus is with us. Pray. Ask in His name. The Father and the Son are listening. If God is for us, who can be against us? Amen?



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