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June 3, 2012: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Think about whether you know or feel, at those times, the presence of Jesus with you. But even if you don't feel his presence, Jesus is there--loving you, always.

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.
When they all 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.” (Matthew 28:16-20)

One of the most interesting lines in this gospel is “they worshiped him but they doubted.” Maybe this could describe some of us as we read the gospels. We want to believe everything Jesus says. But it sounds strange to our ears and we aren’t sure we understand what it means. In this scene, we see Jesus telling them, “I am with you always.” Jesus tells us that same thing, over and over. But we can’t always feel his presence with us. So what does he mean?

Action:

Take some time today to think about what it means to have Jesus with me always. That means Jesus is with me when I am having fun, when I have a fight with my brother or sister, when I go outside to play, when I do my homework, when I talk back to my mother or father. Jesus is within me when I do these things (whether good or bad). Think about whether you know or feel, at those times, the presence of Jesus with you. But even if you don’t feel his presence, Jesus is there–loving you, always.

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Sister Jeanne Knoerle

Sister Jeanne Knoerle was a Sister of Providence for 64 years. She taught for many years at schools in Illinois, Indiana, and Washington, D.C. and was the president of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College from 1968 to 1983. Sister Jeanne passed away in June 2013. Read Sister Jeanne’s Obituary here.

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