“When they saw him, they worshipped him.”

Matthew 28:17

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Matthew 28:16-20

What kind of God do we believe in?

The disciples worshipped Jesus because they could recall and reflect on their experiences while travelling with him. Let us look back on our past year of scripture readings and reflect on what we have discovered about the mystery of God.

We recall the faithfulness of our Creator God over centuries of interaction with God’s Chosen people despite repeated infidelity. Yet God is always merciful and offers repeated invitations to the covenant relationship again. We remember the many stories of Jesus’ life, God-with-us, his call to the disciples to “follow me”, and his passion, death and resurrection. We begin to recognise the Spirit of God in the prophets and, more clearly, in Jesus. We see the earliest disciples overwhelmed by the gift of the Spirit.

And we look at our own lives and, in the Spirit, recognise how God has been active in our lives. Perhaps this was in a moment of sitting in a tree as a child and being aware of a special spiritual Presence. And later maybe a sense of joy and gratitude as a loved one had recovery from some misfortune; and the awe of being in the sea with a seal or dolphin; or perhaps a beautiful sunset or a significant friendship. Perhaps as you waited for your laptop to open today, you said to God, “I trust You”. And you recognise that these experiences brought you feelings of deep peace and joy and faith that God was with you in all things.

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

What story in the Old Testament is meaningful for you and why? Is there a message of Jesus that touches you especially? When have you been keenly aware of God in your life?

“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 faithfulness, help me to spread your love in my attitudes and actions.

Amen.

 
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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