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THE TRINITY AND MISSION

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Introduction

The cel­eb­ra­tion of the des­cent of the Holy Spir­it last Sunday marked the end of the Paschal peri­od and the begin­ning of the “Ordin­ary Time.” There­fore, it is very logic­al that on this Sunday of the Most Holy Trin­ity, the apostles and all believ­ers receive the man­date to pro­claim the Good News to every angle of the uni­verse. The arrival of Jesus in Galilee (Matt 4:12) launched his mis­sion to Israel while the arrival of the dis­ciples in Galilee (Matt 28:16) launched evan­gel­iz­a­tion of the Gen­tiles. With and through his resur­rec­tion, Jesus breaks every racial and geo­graph­ic­al bar­ri­ers (cf. Matt 15:24). Hence­forth, the mes­sage of the Gos­pel is dir­ec­ted to all. After rebuk­ing the dis­ciples for their doubt, Jesus declared his author­ity, sent them on mis­sion and prom­ised them his etern­al pres­ence. The doubt­ing of some of the dis­ciples, is a mani­fest­a­tion of an imper­fect and oscil­lat­ing and unde­cided faith.

The Mission mandate

Go there­fore and make dis­ciples of all nations…” (Matt 28:19). From the found­a­tion of the total and uni­ver­sal author­ity of Jesus, springs the imper­at­ive of mis­sion. The imper­at­ive “make dis­ciples” encloses the sense and the scope of the mis­sion. People will wel­come the Gos­pel of the king­dom, by becom­ing dis­ciples. For every one, the eschat­o­lo­gic­al sal­va­tion is decided on this spe­cial bond with Christ con­densed in the term “dis­ciple.” There­fore, adhe­sion to Christ (with all that it implies) is the fun­da­ment­al ele­ment of mis­sion. In con­trast to the Rabbi who led people to the Tor’ah (Law), Jesus makes him­self the centre of the dis­ciple­ship and as the scope of the mis­sion of the dis­ciples. It is a mis­sion now exten­ded to the entire uni­verse (con­trast Matt 10:5–7).

Conclusion

In his pray­er to God for his dis­ciples and for all believ­ers, Jesus said “Holy Fath­er, pro­tect them in your name that you have giv­en me, so that they may be one, as we are one. Sanc­ti­fy them in the truth; your word is truth. That they may all be one. As you, Fath­er, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (John 17:11.17.21). Jesus wished and prayed that the same unity that exist between God the Fath­er, God the Son, and God the Holy Spir­it should also be found among his dis­ciples and among Chris­ti­ans of every age. Jesus’ prom­ise to the dis­ciples is also exten­ded to every believ­er, espe­cially, those who sin­cerely and self­lessly con­tin­ue the pro­mul­ga­tion of the Gos­pel in words and par­tic­u­larly in deeds. God the Fath­er is involved in the expres­sion “all author­ity”; Jesus as the son is involved in the com­mand to.……

FOR DETAILS, GET YOUR OWN COPIES OF THE BOOKTHE WORD OF LIFE: SUNDAY REFLECTIONS” (vols. I and II)!! The reflec­tion for the Most Holy Trin­ity (B) is found in vol. II pages 232–238. Happy reading!

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