Remember I Am With You Always

This meditation is based on a passage for June 2, 2011 in the Daily Lectionary Year 1 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Matthew 28:16-20

Reflection and Question: Matthew completes his gospel, the story of Jesus, with this ringing commission to all believers to “make disciples of all nations.” As we know from Paul’s letters this was immediately controversial in the early church. And “nations” was a term for division among people that can be expanded to other forms of separation like the controversial distinction between straight and gay today. We can have the strength and courage to go forth because Jesus promises to be with us always no matter where we go. To whom have you proclaimed the Gospel recently, near or far?

Prayer: Jesus, our Savior, we rely upon Your assurance that You shall be with us even to the end of the age. We remember that “all nations” is as near as the next person we meet this day. May our words make disciples in accord with You will for us. Amen.