Saint Thomas of Canterbury, Bolton

Stay with us, Lord, on our journey

Cycle B

Trinity Sunday


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 Matthew 28: 16-20

"Go, therefore … "

These last words of Jesus contain three commands and a promise that together sum up the entire message of the Gospel.

Make disciples of all the nations - Jesus wants disciples, not unthinking imitators. A disciple of Jesus is someone who seeks to share his attitude to God and to life, to think and feel like him, to share his mind and heart, and spirit.

Baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit - this is not just a formula for baptism. It is a profound expression of what happens through baptism. The baptised person becomes in a new way, the recipient of the Holy Spirit of God; through that gift of the Spirit is made a sister or brother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; and one with Jesus is made a child of God, able with Jesus to say "Abba, Father".

Teach them to observe all the commands I gave you - the new life received, relating us to Father, Son and Spirit, obliges us to seek a way of living which expresses who we are. If ever ‘noblesse oblige’ had significance this must be the prime example – to share divine life demands a special way of living. As members of the Family of God, we are to live in love of God and of each other; all other commandments arise from this foundation.

I am with you always - this promise of Jesus is important for we will always need his encouragement, guidance and support. He is truly with us through the gift of the Spirit. But he is with us also through the gift of each other, and it is through us his brethren that he expresses his loving care and supportive concern for each of us.