“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.”

Matthew 28:19

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Matthew 28:16-20

What kind of God do we believe in?

Jesus tells us that he has been given the authority to instruct his disciples (that means us too) “to make disciples of all nations.” We, who are created in God’s image by God’s outpouring love, are from love. We are sustained in love and we are called to live in love by being conduits of God’s love. We remember the expression, “love is only love when it is given away.”

Love is expansive. It is not limited by the insiders and outsiders attitude. This means that whatever the differences in people, each one is beloved of God and is invited into unity with God. Those who believe, by their lives, show how love works. Or doesn’t…

Our call to discipleship is a call to follow Jesus. We see that Jesus teaches, heals, prays, offers care, listens, includes all, invites all to the knowledge of God’s love and presence. Our invitation when we follow Jesus is the same. And God always accompanies each of us as we attempt to live our specific purpose and fulfil God’s will for us.

Our Triune God, Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifying Spirit, brings unity, compassion, justice and peace. This is to live wholeness in love. This is our invitation.

That is the kind of God that we believe in, a God of generosity!

Who will I seek to include in my life? How will I allow God’s love to flow through me to all of God’s creation today?

“You, eternal Trinity, are the craftsman; and I your handiwork have come to know that you are in love with the beauty of what you have made, since you made me a new creation in the blood of your Son.” Catherine of Siena (Dialogue, 306)

God of generosity, help me to spread your love in my attitudes and actions.


Katharine Knowles

Katharine Knowles was educated at the Dominican Convent of Our Lady of Mercy in Springs; and at the University of the Witwatersrand where she did a B.Sc. Physiotherapy graduating in 1973. She worked in this field, except for a few child-bearing years, until retirement in the last few years. She was trained as a spiritual director by the Jesuit Institute. She is deeply grateful for the gift of 3 children and 4 grandchildren (so far). Hobbies include walking, reading, being in nature and travel.

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