One of Christ’s last words to us before ascending to his father, “Go and make disciples of all.” At various points along THE WAY we hear an urgent call to action. The response we make to Christ’s call to follow him and to lead others to follow him becomes our driving force, our personal mission. When we commit ourselves to Jesus Christ we place Him first in every aspect of our lives. Our relationship with Christ and His Church sends us out to make disciples of others by witnessing to them how the love of Christ has transformed us. We disciple others when we generously share our walk of discipleship with those God calls us to accompany on their pilgrim way to becoming “missionary disciples” themselves. Who has God sent as an apostle to you? Who has personally shared their faith, to guide and mentor you by their witness, by sharing their zeal for Christian values, by imparting to you their passion for following the Gospel? And to whom is God calling you to go and do the same?
- The Great Commission
“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)
- On the Journey of Discipleship
GO is that step along the way where we ask questions like, “Where is God calling me to go next?” and “What am I to make of all of these experiences I’m having?” It is a place where we pause and take stock in who we are, where we’ve been and where we’re going. It requires self awareness, a prayerful spirit, and a good bit of humility. GO will be familiar to anyone who has ever undertaken a journey: we pause to look at the map and gauge the distance that we’ve already come, get a sense of direction and any need for redirection along the course we’ve charted. We ask trusted guides for helpful tips about what to look for and what pitfalls to avoid along the Way. When we get lost or distracted, we regroup and redouble our efforts at reading the signs.Every once in a while, true discipleship calls us all to stop and be strengthened, encouraged, and nourished, before we continue moving toward our destination which for all of us is a closer friendship with our Lord, Jesus Christ.
- Are you ready to GO?