Daily Gospel Reflection for June 1, 2014

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Today’s Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20

Depending upon where you live, today you will either celebrate the Seventh Sunday of Easter or the Ascension of the Lord. I’ve chosen to write on the latter, since our family will celebrate the Ascension when we attend Mass today.

The gospel we read today marks the closure of Matthew’s gospel. We read that the eleven disciples assembled atop a mountain at the risen Christ’s directions. They saw Jesus and worshipped but also that they doubted. Then Jesus approached them, giving them a final commission: to go and make disciples, to baptize, and to teach. He sent them with forth with words of assurance, “And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” Surely those final words were a balm to the band of disciples, words that they would cling to as they ventured into uncertainty, persecution, frustration and danger. The assurance that in their mission they were truly never alone must have been a tremendous blessing.

Ponder:

In our homes, we moms live out daily the same commission given to the eleven: to create of our family disciples who love the Lord, to baptize our children in the trinity, and to teach them in ways big and small to follow Christ’s teachings. When we doubt, fear, or whither in frustration, we too can claim those final words as our personal balm: “And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” We are never alone.

How do you cling to Christ’s promise that he is with you always when you struggle and doubt in your discipleship?

Pray:

Christ Jesus, ascended to glory, be with me as I build up the kingdom in my home today. 

Copyright 2014 Lisa Hendey

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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