June 1, 2014: The Ascension of the Lord
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.” (Matthew 28:16-20)
Do you think the eleven disciples of Jesus, the Apostles, were very special, very holy people?
Well they were special—Jesus chose them, after all.
But they were also very human and had weaknesses, just like we do. Even after Easter when the Risen Jesus appeared to them, spent time reassuring them and giving them his gift of peace, they still had doubts.
Even so, Jesus gives them special work to do: to teach everyone how to follow him.
He is always with you, too, even when you doubt.
He is always ready to listen and to give you what you need to follow him.
This week I will take a little time each day to talk with Jesus and to listen to what he has to say to me.
My weaknesses do not upset him; he loves me as I am.